VANDUSER -- Ruth Margret Gean Hatley, a very much loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed away at the home of her daughter on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in Sikeston.
She was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Knobel, Ark., the first-born to the late Hassel Tyler Gean and Samuel Dewey Gean.
She was preceded in death by her younger six siblings: Sue King, Louise Herring, Sadie Darnall, Johnny Gean, Wilford Gean and LeRoy Gean.
Ruth was married June 23, 1941, in Portageville, to Claude Ray Hatley, who preceded her in death April 12, 1996.
She was a wonderful mother to 12 children: Donald Ray Hatley, deceased; Ronald Dewayne Hatley of Vanduser; Claudis Dean Hatley, deceased; Claudette Sue Chailland and Jim of Oran; Michael Gean Hatley and Mary Jane Smith Hatley of Oran; Juanita Marie Bryeans and Dwain of Oran; Linda Joyce Hatley of Vanduser; Marsha Lee Amos and Roger of Vanduser; Ruth Carol Hatley, deceased; Lora Darline Brown of Cape Girardeau; Donna Kay Graviett and Harold Gene of Vanduser; and Ronna Ponder and Lonnie of Sikeston; 20 grandchildren: Robin Patterson of Bloomfield; Bridget Drew of Vanduser; Darren Hatley of Bloomfield; Natlie Frye of Bloomfield; Paul Hatley of Benton; Robin Chism of Sikeston; Stacy Brawner of Oran; Sandy Walter of Oran; Lisa Ramsey of Sikeston; Ryan Chailland of Lexington, Ky.; Tracy Nussbaum of Oran; Amy Davis of Oran; Shea Davis of Sikeston; Mia Hatley of Vanduser; Tonya Benefield of Vanduser; Johnny King of Chaffee; Niki Cummins of Oran; Stephani Shoaf of Deatsville, Ala.; Justen Patterson of Eureka; and Meghan Bivens of Sikeston; and 41 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Lexi Cummins; 10 great-great-grandchildren; two aunts; two sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruth has resided in the Vanduser community for the past 52 years and attended the Vanduser Baptist Church. She worked for many years at Shuffit's Nursing Home and National Lock Company in Sikeston until her retirement. She loved caring for others and assisted many families in caring for their loved ones in their homes.
She will greatly be missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and the many others who loved her.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Ponder Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 with the Rev. Mary McCord, pastor of First Christian Church, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Old Morley Cemetery at Morley.
Pallbearers will be grandsons: Paul Hatley, Darren Hatley, Johnny King, Justen Patterson, Ryan Chailland and Steven Cummins.
Online condolences may be sent at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.