Obituary of Letha Waters
Letha Blanche Waters age 93 of Baylis, Illinois joined her Lord on June 5, 2018 at Blessing Hospital. She was born April 4, 1925 in Hannibal, Missouri daughter of Charles Bert Hoover and Gertrude Schweppe Hoover. She married John Arthur Waters on March 23, 1951 in Liberty, Illinois. He preceded her in death on October 16, 1994.
Letha attended Quincy and Adams County Elementary Schools. She graduated Liberty Community High School in 1944. She earned a BA degree from Quincy College in 1948, and MS degree in education from Western Illinois University in 1972.
Letha was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Quincy where she was confirmed in 1938. She was a good friend of the Baylis Methodist Women and served as their Vice President for many years and later hosted weekly bible study in her home.
She was a Past Noble Grand of Mary 305 Rebekah Lodge of Liberty and she was a Past District Deputy for Pike, Adams, and Brown Counties. She was a member of Pittsfield Cornelia Chapter 791, Liberty Chapter 392, and Twice Past Worthy Matron of Fairweather Chapter 446 Order of Eastern Star. She was a 41 year member of the Baylis Domestic Science Club.
Professionally, she was an active teacher in Adams and Pike Counties. She served as President of the Liberty Teachers Association twice. She was a teacher and elementary principal of the Barry Elementary School. In later years she served as President of the Pike-Calhoun County Retired Teachers Association. She was a Life member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and National Retired Teachers Division of AARP.
She was an Associate Member of the Illinois Retired Postmasters. She was a member of the Pike County Farm Bureau. In 1999 she was given the Outstanding Volunteer Award by the Two Rivers Council of Public Officials for, “Outstanding and Dedicated Service to families of this region”, having volunteered at Reach Out for more than seven years. She served on the original board that organized the “Hi Point Community Association” that for some years owned and operated the old Baylis school building after it closed.
Letha is survived by one daughter Lynn Ra Scott (Husband Michael) of Liberty, IL, and one son Dr. John Waters, II (Wife Margaret) of Fenton, MI. There are three grandchildren: Elizabeth Waters of Fenton, MI, John Waters, III of Fenton, MI, and Jonathan Scott of Liberty, IL. Also eight nieces and nephews: Wilma Schreake, Dorothy O’Brien, Shirley Clarey, Phyllis Cutforth, Lester Hoover, Loretta Ward, Irene Watkins, Oscar “Butch” Turner, and several grand and great nieces and nephews.
Letha was preceded in death by her parents, Husband, two sisters Lillian Quirk, Lebeta Turner, one brother Levester Hoover, and one nephew Leroy Hoover.
Family and friends remember her as a gracious hostess to guests in her home and she loved flowers.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am Friday June 8, 2018 at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield, IL, with her burial being at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, IL with her husband so they may rest together for eternity. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6 until 8pm and Friday from 9 until the time of the service at the funeral home. Eastern Star services will be held at 8 pm. Memorials can be made to the New Salem United Methodist Church or the Pittsfield Eastern Star.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.airsman-hires.com