Helen Ruth Hatten
April 9, 1935 ~ March 25, 2021
Loving daughter, sister, devoted mother, grandmother and true friend, Helen Ruth Nickleberry was born April 9, 1935 in Naples, Texas to the parentage of Alberta Sheppard and Booker T. Gaston. She was known as a jubilant child, full of love and kindness. She accepted Christ at a young age from her childhood church, Marietta Baptist Church.
Helen received her formal education from Bethlehem High school where she excelled in academics and basketball. After high school she fell in love with Debron Hatten Jr. and they were wed on July 22, 1954. They had four children: Michael, Kenneth, Terry and Anita.
Helen’s work and volunteer career spanned over several years including an employee at Maloo Sewing Factory for ten years until it closed, home health advocate, Sunday school teacher and a Lady of Distinction Order of Eastern Star member. She was always present with kind words, great advice and laughter. She loved us and we all loved and adored her in return.
She is preceded in death by her loving parents: Alberta Nickleberry Sheppard and Booker T. Gaston, her brothers: Milton “Bo” Gaston and Jake Gaston, Albert “Pap” Sheppard, her sisters: Hazel McCloud, Margie Morton, and son, Michael Hatten.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Debron Hatten Jr., brother, H.W. “Soup” Gaston, sisters, Joycie “Nell” Dawson, Merdie Mae Summers, Doris Martin, Madie Martin, children, Kenneth Hatten, Terry Hatten and Anita “Gail” Hatten, her granddaughters: Ebony Jones, Anna Hatten and Deserea Hopkins, along with nine great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Missionary Baptist Church, 305 N. Pecan St. in Hughes Springs. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs.
Viewing will be 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
Masks are required.