Sue Hovey

Sue Hovey

Sabra “Sue” Hovey, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus in Davenport, Iowa. 

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Sabra Sue Stout was born on Nov. 28, 1940, in DeWitt, Iowa, to Glen and Florence (Harksen) Stout. At the age of 3 her mom died, and she was raised by her aunt Iva and Uncle Henry “Tootie” Smith, whom she considered to be her parents. She was a 1958 graduate of DeWitt High School. She married Ronald E. Hovey on July 29, 1967, in Maquoketa, Iowa. 

Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, Sue had worked in the billing and insurance department at Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. In 1982, she and her husband Ronald opened Hov’s Pub in Maquoketa. The restaurant quickly became a popular eatery and pub. They retired in October 2006. 

Sue was a member of United Church of Christ in Maquoketa and the UCC Women’s Fellowship. She enjoyed planting flowers, reading books and magazines, sports of all kinds, cooking and recipe collecting, decorating, and holidays. She especially enjoyed meeting and visiting with people.

Those left to honor her memory include three children, Ronelle (Jeff) Clark of Maquoketa, Iowa, Shane (Jodi) Hovey of Louisburg, Kan., and Tyler Hovey of Maquoketa, Iowa; five grandchildren, Delaney Clark, Chance Dubinick, Sydney Clark, Jase Hovey, and Conlee Hovey; and a sister Terri Vetter of DeWitt, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Florence (Harksen) Stout and Iva and Henry “Tootie” Smith, and her husband Ronald on Oct. 27, 2008.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Sabra “Sue” Hovey memorial fund has been established.

Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family, and online condolences may be left at