Mary Jane Ricker Hunter
Jun 5, 2013
Mary Jane Ricker Hunter
June 5, 2013
Mary Jane Ricker Hunter, 74, of Decatur, died Wednesday night, June 5, 2013, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Sweetwater and was the oldest of 11 children. She was a daughter of the late Paul Rueben and Hazel Naomi Pittman Ricker. She was also preceded in death by the father of her children, Donald Hunter; one sister, Jessie May Steele; one brother, Homer Lee Ricker; and one brother-in-law, LeBron Crisp.
She was a lifelong resident of Meigs County and was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Decatur.
She worked in the sewing industry for many years, including Delta Woodside Apparel, until her retirement. She took great pride in being a seamstress and designed clothes for her four children in their younger years. She was also known for her cooking and baking skills. Family and friends would come from miles for one of her famous cookouts. Vegetable gardening and canning were some of her favorite hobbies. She had a tremendous love for nature, birds and flowers and received great joy from her flower garden. She loved camping and fishing off the river bank. She would compete with her son-in-law, George, to see who could catch the most fish.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Jane \"Susie\" Farmer and her husband, George Jr., of Decatur, and Karen Jean Stubblefield and her husband, Robert, of Rock Spring, Ga.; two sons, Tony Hunter and Donnie Hunter, both of Decatur; two grandchildren, Jeanna Danielle Stubblefield and James Lee Austin Stubblefield; three step-grandchildren, Reno Farmer, Star Miller and her husband, Jug Head, and Jeremy Farmer and his wife, Jessica; three great-grandchildren, Zachery Bean, Kameryn Bean and Mason Farmer; four sisters, Bonnie Appelt and her husband, Otto, of Decatur, Dorothy Crisp, of Athens, Rita Ricker, of Decatur, and Betty Daniels and her husband, Lynn, of Riceville; four brothers, J.M. Ricker, Walter (Duke) Ricker and his wife, Hazel, Earl Ricker and Lester Ricker, all of Decatur; one brother-in-law, Dennis Steele, of Ooltewah; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Saturday at Ziegler Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Couch officiating. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and proceed to the cemetery for the 2 p.m. graveside service at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Decatur.
Pallbearers will be Jug Head Miller, Jeremy Farmer, Zachery Bean, Danny Lankford, Jeremy Lowry, Heinz Appelt and Bo Lamb.
If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the online registry at www.zieglerfuneralhome.com
Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens has been entrusted with the care of Mary Jane Ricker Hunter.