|Ruth Covell Hotalen was born in Lockport, New York, in 1900. She was educated at Gracia Williams College. She attended the Yale School of Alcohol Studies, participated in many seminars, institutes and world congresses which related to alcoholism. She traveled extensively with her husband who was Director of the Louisiana Moral and Civic Foundation for 25 years. Ruth played a vital part in the work and strengthening of the Louisiana Moral and Civic Foundation. She loved the Church. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, The United Methodist Women, the Lilly-Woodland Circle and the Thoreson Sunday School class.
Beyond the local church she belonged to and was active in many organizations until she was needed to care for her husband, Dr. W. Earl Hotalen to whom she was married for over fifty years. Ruth was a member of the Roundtable and Federation of Women's clubs, Epsilon Sigma Omicron sorority of Alpha Iota chapter and past president of Sixth District of Louisiana Federation of Women’s clubs.
Ruth Hotalen was a very courageous person, living life with patience, love and concern for her family and church.
On Wednesday, October 27,1982, the Heavenly Father took her to her eternal home. Those who loved her most gave thanks for her ever-increasing faith. Her motto was, “God will take care and give me strength.”
She leaves her husband, Dr. W. Earl Hotalen; one son, Dr. William Burk Hotalen; a grandson, William Burk Hotalen, Jr.; three great-grandchildren, and one sister and two brothers who reside in New York.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference UMC 1983, Page 192 - By Carey Martin|