Linda Ruth Hatley (December 11, 1948 - May 22, 2023)

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Linda Ruth Hatley
  • December 11, 1948
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  • May 22, 2023

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Linda Ruth Phillips Hatley, 74, passed away on May 22, 2023 at her home in The Villages, Florida. She was born on December 11, 1948 in Pittsburgh, PA to Lois H. Huey and Dale Elbert Phillips, II. 

She moved to Birmingham, AL as a young child where she attended primary and secondary school. She then attended Auburn University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1969 and a Master’s degree in Mathematical Education in 1971. She also attended Louisiana State University and the University of Memphis where she earned additional hours toward a Doctorate of Education. She stopped short at her dissertation to focus on family. 

On January 22, 1977, she married Richard Wayne Hatley and they adopted one child in June of 1985 while living in Houston, TX. She was a loving wife and mother, and was deeply adored by her family. 

She spent most her of life teaching middle and high school mathematics, which included Algebra, Geometry, Applied Computer Mathematics, and Trigonometry. She was loved by her co-workers and was known for her ability to make light of difficult situations with her humor.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Wayne Hatley; daughter, Laura Bethany Smith (Kenneth); brother, Dale Elbert Phillips, III (Rose); brother-in-law, John Fesmire Hatley (Melanie); nieces, Alyssa Phillips and Chandra Shikle (Christoper); nephews, Marc Hatley (Lauren) and Andrew Hatley; and granddaughters, Violet Evangeline Smith and Alice Victoria Smith. 

A graveside service will be held on May 30, 2023 at 1:30pm at the Florida National Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to attend. 


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  1. LiAnne Weed VanOrman says:
    13 Jun 2023
    My dear sweet, hilarious, and bestie from high school and Auburn University.
    We had such wonderful times studying together and laughing way too much!
    I will always think of you with a big giggle. I’m so sorry that you suffered but now you’re at peace with you awesome Mommy. Love you and see you in the hereafter where we will laugh and sing and praise our Lord and Savior.

  2. Brenda Birkeland lit a candle:
    25 May 2023
    Lit since May 25, 2023 at 5:34:31 PM

  3. Marc Hatley says:
    25 May 2023
    A truly special aunt that holds so many memories for me to cherish. I will always remember Polly and hearing an animal speak for the first time when I was a little boy. I could not believe my ears. Then the exciting news of getting a cousin. My number ONE cousin, Laura. I adore Laura with so much pride and so proud to call her my cousin and my family. Uncle Richard, may God be with you during this time and you feel his hands upon you knowing Linda is in a much better place now. We love you guys so much and thankful to have you. If you need anything please let me know. Laura, please call me soon. I would love to hear your voice and catch up.

    Love always
    Marc Hatley

  4. Marc Hatley lit a candle:
    25 May 2023
    Lit since May 25, 2023 at 5:55:55 PM

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