Ruth Hathaway

Ruth Hathaway of Brevard died in her home at College Walk on Friday, May 3. She was the widow of Edward V. Hathaway. She was born September 4, 1919 to Reverend Sidney B. and Ruby Lyons Harry in Petersburg, Ill. Three years later the family moved to Taylorville, Ill. and in 1930 to Indianapolis, Ind. She graduated from Shortridge High School there and from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio in 1941. She worked at The Indianapolis Public Library for two years before attending and graduating from Carnegie Library School (now affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh) with a degree in Library Sciences in 1944. She returned to work at The Indianapolis Public Library for two years before moving with her family to St. Louis, Mo., where she worked for eight years at the Washington University Library. Returning to Indianapolis in 1955, she again worked at The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library as head of the Arts Division until her retirement in 1975.
In 1970, she married Ed and became step-mother to his five children: Nancy Lee (Gary), Janice Hathaway and Philip Hathaway, all of Indianapolis, Ind.; Martha Londeck of Beverly Hills, Mich; and Christina Vogel (Robert) of Oldwick, N.J.; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by a nephew, Blair Harry (Barbara) of Apex, N.C. and a step-nephew, Jeff Staley (Patricia) of Pittsboro, N.C. Her brother, William G. Harry of Indianapolis, Ind. predeceased her.
After attending nature workshops in Sherwood Forest, Ruth and Ed decided to retire to Brevard in 1978. They had a rich, full life here and were both active in the Brevard community. She was a volunteer at Sharing House for 20 years and was a charter member and officer in the Transylvania Literacy Council. She was an active member of the Brevard Davidson River Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and elder and was active in the Women's Association.
A memorial service will be held at Brevard Davidson River Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 8 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the church or to the charity of one's choice.

Published in The Times-News from May 6 to May 7, 2013