The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


May 8, 2012

Ret. Col. Edythe Jean Hathaway


Col. Edythe Jean Hathaway, 89, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012.

She was born April 18, 1923, in Joplin, Mo., to Gertie Bird and Victor G. Fetty.

In 1944, Jean graduated from St. Johns Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Joplin. She enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945, and served as an army nurse in Japan, caring for wounded  U.S. POWs. After a brief return to civilian life, she was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and served in Korea. After the Korean War, Jean had assignments in Japan, Germany, and Hawaii. Jeans last assignment was in Fort Sill, Okla., where she retired in 1976. She then moved to San Antonio.

After retirement, she enjoyed gardening, golf, her beloved cats and her circle of friends. She was especially active in the Womens Overseas Service League.

Jean was predeceased by her brother, James G. Fetty.

She is survived by her niece, Edie Fetty Steele, of Orange, Calif.; step nephew, Michael Gibson, of Rockville, Md.; and step niece, Patricia Wood, of Punta Gorda, Fla.

Burial service with full military honors will be at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, on Friday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m.

Arrangements are by  Sunset Funeral Home, San Antonio.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Womens Overseas Service League National Scholarship Fund.

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