Margie Vyrel Hoots, 90, of McGill passed away on February 25, 2016 in Elko, NV.  She was born on July 14, 1925 in Sacramento Pass, Nevada, to Eva and David Kerr.

Margie was the fifth of ten children; six brothers and three sisters. The family grew up primarily on a ranch in Butte Valley, however, at a fairly young age, Margie, her sister, Alice, and brother, Colin, travelled with their father to San Diego, California to work in the Defense Plant during the war. Margie also worked in the Army Depot in Hawthorne after her work in California had ended.

She ended up back on the ranch in Butte Valley; where she met the love of her life, Harvey Ernest Hoots. Ernie (also known as “Butch”) ran his horses on the Kerr family ranch and one day he’d gotten a flat tire. For whatever reason, he could not get the tire changed and walked to the Kerr family home. Ernie and Margie hit it off and on January 23, 1945 they were married in Ely, Nevada and made their home in Ruth before moving to McGill several years later.

Margie and Ernie began their family in 1946 with the birth of their eldest son, Jack. In 1947, they welcomed a daughter, Ireata Kay. Five years passed before the youngest son, Dan, was introduced to the family in 1952. A daughter was delivered in October of 1955, whom did not survive.

Margie was active outside of the home doing what she could to help support her family. She worked at Troy Laundry, Silver State Laundry, and White Pine Care Center and William Bee Ririe Hospital’s laundry departments. This required working in strenuous and hot conditions but Margie did it and she enjoyed it. She also held various positions as a waitress or clerk throughout her career.

She has been a member of McGill Rebekah Lodge #30 since October of 1957. The Rebekah’s was a group that she was extremely devoted to. She strongly believed in the values that they hold and fully supported the Rebekah way of life.

Margie is preceded in death by her husband, H. Ernest Hoots; her parents, Eva and David Kerr; her brothers Colin, Bill, Alden, Donald, and Franklin Kerr; her sisters Alice Libby, Juna (Boise) Hesselgesser, Ella Mae Hone; and son-in-law, Richard Auge.

She is survived by her son, Jack (Laura) Hoots of Battle Mountain; her daughter, Ireata ‘Kay’ Auge of Spring Creek; her son, Dan (Marti) Hoots of Starr Valley; her brother, Duane (Kareen) Kerr of Ely; sister-in-law, Olive Mae Kerr of Ely; brother-in-law, Lee Hone of Pioche; her grandchildren: Roger Auge, Roy (Celina) Auge, Matt Auge, Sherry (Dan) Murphy, Jacob (Sonya) Hoots, Pook (Jessica) Hoots; many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many that she claimed as family.

Graveside services will be held on March 4th, 2016 in the Ely Cemetery at 11:00 a.m., reception to follow at the McGill Rebekah Lodge. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to McGill Rebekah Lodge #30.