September 29, 2005

(8/30/1921 – 9/24/2005)

Almeta Verle Hatfield Mathes, 84, of Hannibal, MO, died September 24, 2005, at Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal, MO.

Almeta Verle Hatfield Mathes was born August 30, 1921, in Memphis, MO. She was the oldest daughter of Grace Garman Hatfield and Edward Grover Hatfield.

She had eight brothers and four sisters. A brother and sister preceded her in death in infancy. Also a sister, Wannetta Mathes; and three brothers, Mason, Leo and Ross Hatfield preceded her in death.

She was married to Henry Lee Mathes on April 13, 1946, in Kahoka, MO. He preceded her in death December 16, 1994. To this union four children were born. They are Leslie Leon Mathes and wife, Judy of LaGrange, MO, Lenora Lou Purvis and husband, Larry of Columbia, MO, Peggy Ann Owen and husband, Ralph of Clark, MO, and Rev. Kenneth Dean Mathes and wife, Lois of California, MO; She is also survived by nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Izetta Nahra of Bluegrass, IA, and Rita Derkson of Warsaw, IL; four brothers, Lemuel Hatfield of Springfield, MO, Elmer Hatfield of Edina, MO, Stanley Hatfield of Arbela, MO, and Melvin Hatfield of Kahoka, MO.

Almeta stayed at home with her children until she had to go to work. She worked at the Iowa Ammunition Plant in Middleton, IA, for seven years. Then she worked at Metromail for 11 years, until she retired in 1988. The Matheses moved to Hannibal in August 1988, from New London, IA.

She was a member of Southside Baptist Church. Almeta and Henry worked in missions in Iowa. Her goal in life was to serve Christ, her husband and her children.

Funeral services were held September 28, 2005, at Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal, MO. The Rev. Alvin Young officiated. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra, MO. Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church or Gideon’s International. Pallbearers were Danny Mathes, J.R. Derkson, Daryl Harvey, Larry Purvis, Ralph Owen, Paul Lowery, and Phillip Purvis. Honorary pallbearers were Lemuel Hatfield, Elmer Hatfield, Stanley Hatfield, and Melvin Hatfield. Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal, MO, was in charge of services.

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