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Ruby R. Hatton

Ruby Romola Miller Hatton, 83, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, formerly of Kingman, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at her home in Idaho Falls. She was under the loving care of her family and Aspen Home Health and Hospice.

Ruby was born May 1, 1928, in Litchfield Park, Ariz., to Walter Reuben Miller and Montie Lee Strange Miller. Ruby had two older sisters, Myrtle Mae, and Melba Lorraine; two brothers, Walter Edwin and James Allen, all of whom preceded her in death. Ruby attended Creighton Elementary and being the smallest and youngest in her class was often allowed to nap in the teacher's lap when she got tired. Ruby later completed her education at Phoenix Union High School, got her first job at Kress's Five and Dime, where she kept her nieces and nephews in socks and undies while their dads were at war in the Pacific. She lived in Phoenix for 29 years, Kingman for 37 years, and moved to Idaho Falls 17 years ago.

At the end of World War II she began to date a handsome sailor and after a year of dating she became the bride of John W. Hatton on May 5, 1947, in Mesa. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Latter-day Saints Temple. This year Ruby and John celebrated their 64 years of marriage. This union was blessed with a son and three daughters, and Ruby was on her way to becoming a wonderful homemaker and mother.

When her children grew up she took a job at Citizens Utilities Company as an operator and was rapidly promoted to a supervisory position. When she retired, she and John moved to Idaho Falls, where they enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, as well as making new friends and becoming members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ruby enjoyed crafts, reading, camping and traveling.

Ruby is survived by her son, David Wilson (Dorothy) Hatton of Kingman; three daughters, Debbie Sue (Ken) Hebb of Idaho Falls, Barbara Jean Anderson of Idaho Falls, and Sherryn (Carl) Woodruff of Vancouver, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral Services were held on Sept. 10, in Idaho Falls, with burial in the New Sweden Cemetery in Idaho Falls. Condolences may be sent to the family online at


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