Beulah Pearl “Boots” (Johnson) Hogate
Born August 18, 1924 ~ Charleston, West Virginia
Died December 8, 2020 ~ Papillion, Nebraska
Preceded in death by husband, Earle Hogate; son, Jeffrey Hogate; daughter in law, Blanche Hogate; children: Jack Hogate (Maryann) of Oak Lawn, IL Deborah Hornbacher (William) Papillion, NE, William Hogate (Ann) St. Charles, IL; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; niece, Hildy Hogate.
Boots was loved by all. She was a spark in everyone’s life. She grew up poor in Charleston, West Virginia but it didn’t take her long to find a new path in her life. After working for Senator Claude Pepper in Washington, she set her sights for the sky. She became an American Airlines Stewardess and traveled from Coast to Coast, bringing her spark to the lucky travelers on board DC3’s and DC4’s. . When she interviewed for the job she was told that she was too short and too light and that didn’t have a nursing degree, which was generally required. That didn’t stop her. She met her future husband Earle on a flight, and the rest is history.
She raised her family in Illinois and was very active in the local community including the PTA. She joined The Kiwi Club, a group of retired Stewardess from American Airlines. Back in the day, once a stewardess got married, their wings were “clipped” and they could no longer fly. Through her leadership and efforts, the Kiwis charitable efforts raised over $1 million to benefit families dealing with developmental disabilities. This was her second family and very dear to her heart.
She stayed active well into her eighties, and served as National President as well as receiving the Presidents Cup for her years of service and contributions. She traveled the world extensively and went on to become a Real Estate Broker, Maritime Hostess, along with many others roles that made great use for her spark and spunk. She led by example on how to live a full live, how to help others and the joy of family and friends.
During her last couple years, she was lovingly aided by her caring companion Jean Norton who was there to help her whenever needed.
She will be laid to rest next spring, along with her husband Earle, at Omaha National Cemetery. Life Celebrations will follow in Omaha and Chicago in the spring.