HUMBOLDT - Mary E. Hatcher, 94, of Humboldt, passed away February 14, 2013 at the Humboldt Care Center North. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at the Faith United Methodist in Humboldt. Interment will be in Indian Mound Cemetery, Humboldt. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt.
Mary is survived by her children, Jackie (Billy) Gaston of Red Oak, TX, Jean (Bill) Dunscombe of Humboldt, Barb (Lyle) Loebach of Oklahoma City, OK, Betty (Tom) Zentner of LuVerne, Joe Hatcher of White Bear Lake, MN, John (Donna) Hatcher of Humboldt, Bill (Linda) Hatcher of Jacksonville, N.C., and Mickey (Shelly) Hatcher of Humboldt; 16 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her step daughter-in-law, Lynne Hatcher and her family of Arlington, TX; her sisters, Betty Farmer of Wenatchee, WA, and June Smith of Lamoni, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lee Hatcher in 1993; her son, Jerry Hatcher; two infant daughters, Mary Ellen and Margaret Ann; her grandchildren, Daniel Hatcher, Angel Hefty, Heather Ann Dunscombe, and Jeri Ann Hatcher; step son, Lance Hatcher; brother, William; and sisters, Wilberta and Larae.
Mary Ellen Geringer, the daughter of William A. and Ethel E. (Landphair) Geringer, was born June 22, 1918 at Kellerton, Iowa. She was raised at Kellerton and graduated from Lamoni High School. She received her normal teachers training and taught in country schools near Kellerton. She was united in marriage to Lee M. Hatcher on August 8, 1939 at Grant City, Missouri and the couple made their home in Humboldt. During World War II, Mary moved back with her family in southern Iowa while Lee served in the US Navy. Following his discharge, they returned to Humboldt where Mary cared for her growing family. Mr. Hatcher passed away in 1993.
Mary was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, knitting, and reading. She also enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening, bird watching, and fishing with John.