Betty Joan Hogue

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Betty Hogue-May died of ovarian cancer Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at her home in Cleveland, Tenn. She was 78.

A memorial service was held Oct. 2 at Brainerd Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, with the Revs. Jonathan Schwartz and Andrew Henry officiating.

Mrs. Hogue's ashes will be buried next to her husband Ralph Hogue in Oregon at a later date.

Mrs. Hogue was born April 3, 1932, in Hillsboro, Ore., to Leota Rengier Stansell and Fred Stansell.

She married Ralph Hogue in 1951 in Gold Beach, Ore. The couple had four children. Mr. Hogue died in 1957 in a logging accident. Mrs. Hogue later married Jim May in Gold Beach. The couple moved the family to Kenai in 1962. Mr. May died in the mid-1980s.

In the early 1980s Mrs. Hogue worked as a nurse's aid at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She continued to practice nursing in the home heath care field until well into her 70s.

She was former organist at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai, and was a member of the Brainerd Presbyterian Church choir in Chattanooga, Tenn. Her family said she had a strong faith in God, a passion for sewing and loved to fish. She also enjoyed signing hymns and playing the organ.

Her family said: "Betty was a kind-hearted person who never held a grudge against anyone; one who remained physically and mentally active into her elderly years, by enrolling in college courses such as music and painting.

"As a member of several quilting guilds, she spoke warmly of shared camaraderie with the group while travelling to retreats and other places of interest. Betty exhibited her charitable nature as a longtime volunteer worker at Hospice in Chattanooga. She also made countless afghans and quilts for the patients there, the last of which she worked on while she herself was undergoing treatment. Never complaining about her illness, our mother kept her sense of humor to the end. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her."

Besides Mr. Hogue and Mr. May, Mrs. Hogue was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by sons, Randy Hogue and wife Elaine (Gypsy), of Sterling,; Ralph Hogue and wife Teri, of Casa Grande, Ariz,; Ron Hogue and wife Cheri, of Cornelius, Ore.; daughter Vicky Hendrix and husband James, of Tomkinsville, Ky.; brother Louis Stansell and wife Nancy, of Spokane, Wash.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, Tenn., 37416.

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