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“Greatest single influential teacher on my life. Had it not been for her, I would have never passed the entrance requirements for the U.S. Air Force...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Robert Pauli - Fairfax, VA

“Regrettably I just learned of Mrs Helen's passing. We became good friends in the last year of her life. I visited her every week and we would talk...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Melinda Holloway - Hammond, LA

“Mrs. Rownd was a remarkable lady. She gave to so many. She will be missed. Gurley ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Gurley Mauriin - Hammond, LA

“Mrs. Hooks was my Algebra I and Algebra II teacher in at HHS and I have only good memories of those classes. She was a tough teacher but I still...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Dru Cabler - Austin, TX - Student

“Fond memories of Mrs. Hooks, a student of hers in the early 70's. Remember her no nonsense approach & window a.c. unit! Glad to know she lived a long...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Robin Lobell - Hammond, LA

“Ms Helen was an amazing lady. Always loved hearing her stories about her life. My family and I enjoyed many days on the Pass with her and Mr...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Judy Vice - Ponchatoula, LA

“On behalf of Louisiana Women Veterans we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Ms. Helen Lucille Rownd, WASP veteran, WWII. ...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Anna Sanders - Baton rouge, LA


“So sorry for the loss of such a special strong and courageous person. She would always try and do anything and everything. She was tough and always...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: .Gordon and Eloise Anderson Gordon and Eloise Anderson

“So sorry for the loss of such a special strong and courageous person. She would always try and do anything and everything. She was tough and always...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Gordon and Eloise Anderson

“Mrs. Rownd was a charming and wonderfully engaging woman who always downplayed her incredible life experiences with characteristic humility. As she...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Keith Finley - Loranger, LA

“My first memory of my cousin Helen was when she and Aunt Lydia and Uncle Paul visited our farm in Indiana. Helen was wearing slacks. I was a tomboy...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Martin - Scottsdale, AZ

“It is with great sadness that I hear about Mrs Helen's death. My condolences to my friends in the family. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: David Cottrell - Hammond, LA

“Women Veterans of Louisiana regrets the passing of Mrs Rownd with deep sorrow. She was a member of our unit and attended functions in the Hammond...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Shirley Avants - Prairieville, LA

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Helen Lucille Ricketts Hooks Rownd passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016, in Hammond, LA, at the age of 95. She was born on Saturday, November 27, 1920, in Loranger, Louisiana to the late Lydia Rumpf Ricketts and Paul G. Ricketts. She was a resident of Hammond, Louisiana.

Helen was a teacher at Hammond High School for 25 years. She was a remarkable woman, teacher, business woman, devoted wife and mother, and pioneering pilot. Helen was an elite member of the Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII known as "WASP". On March 10, 2010, the 111th Congress awarded Helen the Congressional Gold Medal.

Helen is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Paul and Linda Hooks, grandchildren, Claude and Brian Hooks, son-in-law, Gary Kramer, stepchildren, Lou Anne Vicknair, Billy and Aurelia Rownd, Farley Lobdell, Harry and Ann Rownd, Tudy and Jeff Moore, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Claude Hooks; second husband, W.S. Rownd, Jr.; parents, Lydia Rumpf Ricketts and Paul G. Ricketts; and her daughter, Claudia Hooks Kramer.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 100 West Church Street, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church on Thursday morning from 9:30 am until service time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Memorial Episcopal Church at the above address or to Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation, 16013 Halbert Rd., Hammond, LA 70403 or to the Helen Ricketts Hooks Rownd S.L.U. Endowment Fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Homes.

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