Lillie Helen Roth Hatten


hatten-photoLillie Helen (Roth) Hatten, 92 of Butler, Missouri passed away December 9, 2016. Cremation, with Memorial Services scheduled for 2:00 PM Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Butler Presbyterian Church with Pastor Mari Lyn Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 1-2 PM prior to services at the church. Private family inurnment will occur at a later time in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Butler Public Library or Butler Presbyterian Church. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

What a wonderful life! This is what Lillie Helen Roth Hatten titled her autobiography. What a wonderful gift it was to leave her family this written account of a life well lived. She passed away on Dec. 9th surrounded by loved ones and their spirits.

She was born on Dec. 16, 1923 in Columbus, Ohio to Mary Krebs Roth and John Henry Roth. She was one of six children had an idyllic childhood surrounded by extended family that nurtured and cared for her family after her father passed away in 1927, leaving her mother a widow with 6 children, ages 9 months to 10 years.   Can you imagine? Thus began a legacy of strong women. There was sledding, hot chocolate, Sunday school, and even though it was the Depression there was always food on the table at 900 Kirby Avenue.

She met her future husband on a troop train and married Robert G. Hatten on March 9, 1944. All the brothers and husbands arrived home from the war safely and what a celebration that first Christmas was, with everyone living together in the big old house. After Bob’s service as a Paratrooper in the Philippines, they moved to Missouri where Bob attended Cleveland Chiropractic College and Lillie worked at a law firm in downtown KC. They moved into an apartment at the Butler airport after Bob’s graduation with their two week old son, Robert Lynn. Can you imagine? Life was busy in their new community and when the second child, Marianna came along in 1950 and they moved to a house in town on Harrison St. Martha arrived in 1953 and the family was complete. Lillie had a busy, happy life filled with friends, children and their activities, taking all three children to dance, church camp, making real Halloween costumes, reading to and with her kids.

Lillie served her community in many ways, including the Library Board, American Legion Auxiliary, PTA, Cub Scout pack leader, champion of the Foodtown Little League baseball team, and the proud steward of Lillie’s Little Free Library, established in 2014 for her 90th birthday. She was a member of the Butler Presbyterian Church, and a 60+ year member of Chapter HV, P.E.O., having been initiated at the Missouri State Convention. She loved to play bridge, entertain, fish, golf, and travel with the Ararat Shrine family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob of 68 years, son Rob, two brothers Robert and John Roth and sister Mary Riggs. She is survived by two daughters, Marianna Hatten (Dr. Judith Jenkins) of Cerrillos, NM and Martha (Larry) Bledsoe of Nevada, MO. Grandchildren Tyler Thornton, Abrielle Flavin (Mike), Beth Jump, and Chris Hatten (Ali), Alex Ruthmann (Anne) and Nick Ruthmann. Great grandchildren Shelby Henderson, Seraphim Jump, Amelia and Norah Hatten, and Knox Hatten Flavin along with daughter-in-law Sally Hatten. Her brother Walter Roth (Marilyn) and her sister Anna Jones, along with nieces and nephews from FL to CA and many points in between.

Lillie was thought of as Mom to many friends of Rob, Marianna, and Martha, Grammy to her own grandchildren and many of their friends, and within the past several years as Gigi to her beloved great grandchildren. What a wonderful life it was, Lillie. Thank you for being so strong and such an inspirational example to so many.


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17 thoughts on “Lillie Helen Roth Hatten

  1. So sorry you have lost your beautiful mama. That leaves such a huge hole in your heart. Prayers to your family.

  2. God is closest to those with broken hearts. (J. proverb) As long as we live, they will live; for now they are a part of us; as we remember them. (J. prayer) May your tears bring you relief, if only for the moment. May you find comfort in your belief that God has his gentle hand on your heart and soul. Edna R.

  3. Our most sincere sympathy to the extended Hatten family. Lillie was a lovely person, and she will be missed in our community. May your grief become joyous memories.

  4. To the whole Hatten family I send my condolences. Lillie was the best and Butler was a better place because of her!! Cherish the memories

  5. I so enjoyed knowing Lillie. She was always so encouraging to me and I really appreciated her support. Love and hugs to all of her family

  6. We are so sorry for your loss and will be lifting your family in prayer during this difficult time. I imagine your mother and father are celebrating their reunion, and there is a celebration in Heaven!

  7. What a beautiful set of memories and experiences she has left for us to hold in our hearts. I’m so grateful to have known her kindness, generosity, good humor, and dedication to her family. Thank you to all of the friends and family who have held her in a beautifully supported and protected space during her end of life journey.

  8. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the family of a wonderful friend of ours.
    Lillie was so sweet so many memories from many years of friendship.
    Will miss our visits.
    Love, Eddy & Dana

  9. Love You, Martha, and you were so blessed with such a wonderful Mama (and Daddy). May you be comforted with the warm memories of your heart during this time.

  10. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. For her to have her obituary already written is a blessing.

  11. Thank you to everyone for all the expressions of kindness and love. It truly brings comfort to know how many lives she touched!

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