Gladys Barnett Hathorn "Monnie" Adams

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Graveside services for Gladys "Monnie" Barnett Hathorn Adams will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Alexandria Memorial Gardens, Woodworth, with the Rev. Chris Andrews officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria. Mrs. Adams, 86, of Baton Rouge, formerly of Alexandria, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, at her home. "Monnie" was born into a farming family in rural Mississippi. After working her way through business college, she went to work for Western Union during World War II, making her own contribution to the war effort. It was around this time that she met and, prior to his shipping out to Europe for the Normandy campaign, married Edgar Hathorn. After the war, they moved to Alexandria, where they were to have five children. Her married life revolved around the raising of these children, involving herself in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Vacation Bible School and all the things motherhood entails. There was always extra food and plenty of love for the constant parade of her children's friends that came through her door. While always a country girl at heart, she had many interests. Beyond her family and church, she had passions for painting, bird watching, sewing, gardening, music and travel. She found time also to serve in several ladies auxiliaries for the VFW, Civitan club and others. In whatever spare time she had left, she quietly did volunteer work at nursing homes, the Red Cross and other places around Alexandria. Following the death of Edgar, she assumed his seat on the Rapides Parish Police Jury. She will especially be remembered for her quiet dignity, compassion for others and love of God. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Alexandria, and later belonged to First United Methodist Church, Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edgar C. Hathorn; second husband, Lyman Adams; parents, Stennis Marvin and Madie Mae George Barnett; brother, Ralph Barnett; and sisters, Laytanne McKee, Lorraine McKee and Lydia Grace McKee. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Sherry Hathorn, of Alexandria, Marsha Hathorn Hill and husband Steve, of Portland, Ore., Claudia "PeeWee" Hathorn, of Baton Rouge, Bill Hathorn and wife Susan, of Alexandria, and Rhonda Renee Hathorn, of Portland; brother, James Stennis Barnett, of Pineville; sister, Mary Jo Barnett Manning, of Brandon, Miss.; brother, Freddie Kenneth Barnett, of Jackson, Miss.; and seven grandchildren, Richmond Yancy McNeal, William Stuart McNeal, Jonathan Michael Hill, Christopher Hathorn Hill, Samuel David Hathorn, John David Spurgeon and Michaela Grace Hathorn. Visitation, for family only, was on Friday, Sept. 17. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, or to the of Baton Rouge. To extend online condolences to the Hathorn family, please visit www.hixsonbrothers.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com on Sept. 18, 2010
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