Linda Mae Hathaway, 76, Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, and formerly a long time resident of rural Claypool, passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at Grace Village Health Care.
She was born Jan. 9, 1942, in Goshen to Charles Walker Smoker and Mary Kathryn (Kline) Smoker. On June 1, 1960, she was married to Perry Ray Hathaway, who survives.
Mrs. Hathaway was a resident of Kosciusko County for the past 68 years where she was a 1960 graduate of Leesburg High School. After her marriage, she moved to the family farm in rural Claypool and resided there until 2017 when they moved to Winona Lake. She was actively involved in the Kosciusko County Fair and 4-H leadership for many years. She was a member of the Extension Homemakers for over 50 years. She enjoyed baking, gardening, needle work, but most of all she especially enjoyed her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years, Perry Ray Hathaway, Winona Lake; two sons: Donald (wife Harriet) Hathaway, North Manchester; Douglas Hathaway, Claypool; and three daughters: Darlene (husband John) Lash, Mentone; Diane (husband Lee) Kenyon, Wimberley, Texas; and Dorothy (husband Stephen) Miller, Osceola. Also surviving are sixteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; two brothers: Robert (wife Helen) Smoker, Leesburg; Roger (wife Jane) Smoke, Warsaw; and her sister: Debra (husband Salah) Smoker-Ali, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Jean Kistler, who passed away in 2013.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw.
Her funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home and officiated by Chaplain Bryan Benjamin. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Graceland Cemetery in Claypool.
Memorial donations may be directed to Mary and Jerry’s Helping Hands, 10274 W. 600 S., Mentone, IN 46539; or to Kosciusko County 4-H, 202 W. Main Street, Warsaw, IN 46580 and would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s Web Site at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com