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Patti "Ruth" Hungate, 86, of Lebanon, passed away April 27, 2017, at Witham Memorial Hospital. Ruth was born on May 19, 1930, in Middleton Ky., the daughter of the now late Mildred (Tatchell) and John F. Graves Jr.
Ruth graduated from Carmel High School in 1948 as salutatorian, and then attended Indiana University.
She married Edward R. Hungate in 1949, and started her large family.
One of Ruth's first jobs in Lebanon was working for Cleo Smith as a secretary. She worked out of a model home in a subdivision, which is now known as Chadwick. She then worked for many years for Sen. Keith McCormick at his insurance company that is now known as Jackson-McCormick Insurance Co.
The many people who knew Ruth knew that she cherished her five children. She was the "Kool-Aid" mom on Grant St., and with five children "you end up getting their friends," so our home was always filled with kids!
Ruth enjoyed playing bridge at Live Oak Resort and Ulen Country Club, where she also played golf and made a hole-in-one!
She was a member of the Lady Elks, Red Hats, Good Sams, Tri Kappa and Centenary United Methodist Church.
Ruth loved baseball and her Yankees! She was a great Little League mom too! Survivors include sons, Mark (Kris) Hungate and Steve (Sheryl) Hungate, both of Florida, Cary (Lori) Hungate of Kokomo and Eric (Angela) Hungate of Noblesville; daughter, Cathy (Dave) Winteregg of Lebanon; grandchildren, Randi (Chris) Brown, Ryan (Lauren) Hungate, Elise (Jeremy) Hodges, Katherine (Grady) Randall, Tara (Mike) Tresslar, Kayla Hungate, Seth Hungate, Zach Hungate, Victoria (Gio) Menale, Jillian Hungate, Alyson Graham, Taylor Graham, Alexis Hungate, Hannah Hungate and Coley Hungate; great-grandchildren, Cooper, Addy, Reed, JoJo, Greyson, Sienna and Greer; and a brother, John F. (Annette) Graves III of Maryland. Ruth was a loving grandma and wonderful mom. She was preceded in death by husbands, Edward R. Hungate, Dave Reed and Doug Witherell; and a grandson, Adam W. Foster.
Family and friends will gather Friday, May 19, to celebrate Ruth's life from 5 until 8 p.m. in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon.
Online condolences may be made at www.strawmyerdrury.com.
Published on May 15, 2017
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