Gertrude M. Hyatt, 89, of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 101 N. Mill St., Ridgway, died peacefully Feb. 8, 2013.
She was born Oct. 31, 1923, in Ridgway, the daughter of the late of Ulrich and Julia Montgomery Amacher.
On April 24, 1948, she married Thomas A. Hyatt in Bellefonte. He preceded her in death Aug. 28, 1993.
A lifelong resident of Ridgway, she was a graduate of Ridgway High School and a member of the Faith Church and was active in the Port-Lake Civic Club for many years. She had been employed at the Elliott Company for several years. After her marriage, she became a homemaker and devoted her life to her family.
Gertrude was a very special lady-- she loved being a mother and grandmother, always putting othersâ€™ needs before her own. She always had a great smile, enjoyed a good joke and a big laugh, and would provide a sympathetic ear or shoulder to cry on if needed. Living through the Great Depression and WWII, she learned to be resourceful, thrifty, and found innovative ways to recycle. She loved knitting and crocheting and made countless beautiful creations such as tablecloths and doilies, plus sweaters and mittens for all the grandkids. She was an avid reader, loved sewing, arts and crafts, tending her flowers, and was enthusiastic about cooking and canning. She made the best apple pie in Elk County. She also enjoyed feeding and watching hummingbirds as well as collecting glass hummingbirds.
She is survived by three children, Thomas Hyatt (Althea) of Erie, Richard Hyatt of Ridgway, and Judith Freedman (Richard) of Ridgway; eight grandchildren, Andrea Eggett (Brandon) of Providence, Utah, Karianne Chadwick of Erie, Nathan Hyatt (Jennifer) of Enterprise, Fla., Holly Conroy (Michael) of Ridgway, Mary Jo Hyatt of Erie, and Luke Hoffman, Ben Hyatt and Edward Hyatt (Mary), all of Ridgway; and 13 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Hope, Avonlee, Jon-Michael, and Lindsey Eggett, Jay Moodler, Vonnegut and Myles Chadwick, Theodore and Sylvia Conroy, Josephine Lawrie and Julia and Grace Hyatt.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Dillon and Maxine Wolff; and a brother, Earl Amacher. She was the last remaining member of her immediate family.
Memorial services for Gertrude M. Hyatt will be held in the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Burkett, pastor of the Hallton Church. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens.
Friends will be received at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ridgway Public Library, 329 Center St., Ridgway, PA 15853; or to the Ridgway YMCA, 34 North Broad St., Ridgway, PA 15853.