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Maryann Hyatt

Maryann Cottingham Hyatt, called “Cot” by her family and friends, died December 16, 2020 of a stroke at age 93. She was born in Gary, Indiana on December 6, 1927 and raised in Crown Point, Indiana where she graduated from Crown Point High School.

She was in the last class of Cadet Nurses of WWII and graduated from the School of Nursing at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana. Later, she received a degree in Adult Education from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1977.

During her career as a registered nurse, she worked for the Veterans' Administration and in obstetrics, psychiatry, in medical-surgical as floor and head nurse, private duty, critical care supervisor, teacher of practical nursing, home health, and as a camp nurse. She was the first school nurse in Columbia.

Cot moved to Columbia with her husband, George Robert Hyatt, as a newlywed in 1950, became active in civic organizations, was past president of Marion County Nurses Association, Columbia P.T.A., The Calliopean Club, Pine Needle and Hilltop Garden Clubs, and three terms with The Pleiades Club. She was a life member and past president of Columbia Junior Auxiliary, past regent of Catherine Ard Chapter, D.A.R., and organizing Queen Mother of the Red Hat Mamas Chapter, the Red Hat Society. She was a member of Pine Belt Quilters for more than 20 years and of The Institute for Learning in Retirement at U.S.M. in Hattiesburg for several years.

An active member of first United Methodist Church since 1951, she served on various committees and renovated the grounds: Tuesday was her day to give Dial-A-Devotion for twenty years. She tutored primary children for several years, was a Sunday school teacher for both children and adults, an original member and later past president of the Homebuilders Sunday School class and delighted in bringing floral arrangements for the worship center. As a long time member of the Tuesday Morning Circle of the United Methodist Women, she was a study leader for many years and served in various offices including past president, past Brookhaven District President, and held a past conference office of Education and Interpretation.

She enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, travel, bridge, hand and foot card game, and was an avid quilter who liked to make hand-stitched quilts for family and friends. She lived in Columbia until 2011 when she moved to Wesley Manor in Hattiesburg. For the past three years she lived in Coppell, TX.

Her parents, Maude Rebecca and Charles Russell Cottingham, husband, George Robert Hyatt, and sister, Carol Cottingham Lytle, brother Chuck Cottingham, and son Jack Russell Hyatt predeceased her.

Survivors include her children, Mark Robert Hyatt and wife, Nita, and Susan Read Hyatt Pool and husband, Percy; grandchildren, Jennifer Hyatt McGlothlin and husband Kyle, Joshua Hyatt and wife, Jill, Erin Hyatt Peeden and husband Jonathan, and Hanna Hyatt Hartnett and husband David; great-grandchildren, Kaden, Whitt, and Sydney McGlothlin, Isabelle and Luke Hyatt, Jack and Russ Peeden, and Reece Hartnett; and eleven nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Monday, December 21 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia with Erin Grant, minister of First United Methodist Church, officiating. A visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until 12:45 PM at Hathorn Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at


Maryann Hyatt
December 6, 1927 - December 16, 2020





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