Jan. 24, 1932 — March 11, 2017
Ruth passed away March 11, 2017. She was born in Astoria, Oregon, Jan. 24, 1932, to Charles N. Hess and Valda C. Edwards.
Ruth attended Astoria schools, graduating in 1949. She continued her education, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Oregon College of Education in 1952. Later that year, she married Donald L. Hatcher. They have three sons, Charles (Chuck), William and James.
Ruth taught school in Washington and Astoria before moving the family to Omaha, Nebraska. Donald passed away in 1964. She returned to school in Omaha and received her master’s degree in science at the University of Omaha, Nebraska, in 1966. After she received her degree, she and her boys moved back to Astoria to be near family.
She then began teaching for the Warrenton School District, retiring in 1993. She loved teaching and her students very much, spending many after-school hours helping tutor students who needed extra time and attention.
In 1973 she married Bobby E. Huckaby and welcomed her daughter, Laura Elizabeth, into the world that same year.
Ruth worked hard raising four children as a single mother. Family was very important to her. She was always telling stories of farm life with six sisters, a high point of many family gatherings. She enjoyed traveling around the country, taking road trips as often as she could. She loved gardening and playing cards with her friends. Her heart was a gentle and generous one that touched many lives during her life.
We will miss her greatly, but know she is finally able to rest peacefully. As many of you know, she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
She leaves behind her three boys and a daughter, Charles (Chuck) Hatcher of Astoria, Oregon, William Hatcher of Portland, Oregon, James Hatcher and his wife, Betty, of Astoria, Oregon, and Laura Magee of Missoula, Montana; two grandsons, Jake and Cole Hatcher of Astoria, Oregon; and three sisters, Nancy Hess, JoAnn Davis and Agnes Stocker. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Colleen Hippensteel, Valda (Billie) DeBlois and Jane Hall.
Ruth wanted a celebration of her life. In honor of her request, a celebration will be held Saturday, May 13, at the Warrenton Community Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, from noon to 4 p.m.