Funeral services for Vera "Beth" Hedges are scheduled for Monday, 11:00 A.M., April 6, 2015 First United Methodist Church, Quitman with Dr. Dick White and Rev. Earl Cantrelle officiating. Burial will follow in Quitman City Cemetery. Family will receive friends Sunday evening April 5th in Joy Hall at the First United Methodist Church, Quitman.
Vera Beth Johnson Robinson Hedges, 81, of Quitman, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. She was born in Navasota to John and Mable Johnson on March 22, 1934. She attended Navasota High School and received her bachelor's degree in English from Sam Houston State University. She later received her master's degree in English from East Texas State University. She married Rex Robinson in 1957 and they had two children. In 1963, the family moved from Navasota to Quitman. Rex passed away in 1969 and the family remained in Quitman where Beth taught English at Quitman High School for a number of years. In 1977, she left teaching and worked for Robinson & Son's Lumber Co. until 1992.In 1992, Beth married the Rev. Bill Hedges, a pastor with the United Methodist Church and together they served churches in the Texas Conference including Trinity, Houston, Wills Point, New Boston and Canton. In 2003, Beth and Bill retired and moved back to Quitman.Beth was very active in Quitman over the years serving on the original Planning and Zoning Committee, was on the city council for a number of years and served as mayor for a short time. She also served on the board of directors of Mineola Community Bank for a number of years. She was very involved in the Scenic Association, Wood County Aggie Mom's, Friends of the Library and Christmas Sharing. She was an avid bridge player and was also very active at First United Methodist Church in Quitman.Beth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rex; son, Mark; and sisters, Virginia Norris and Johnnie Brown. She is survived by her husband, Bill Hedges; daughter, Jill Robinson House and husband Todd, of Joshua, along with their daughters, Katie and Mary; daughter-in-law, Jill Robinson, of Dallas, along with her children Ben, Adam and Chloe; two sisters, Peggy Seigle, of Conroe, and Annette Wilbourn and husband Buddy, of Quitman. She is also survived by Bill's children, Kathryn Arata and family, of Dallas, Kent Hedges and family, of Cedar Park and Rebecca Matthews and family, of Houston; as well as a host of relatives in the Johnson, Robinson and Hedges families.Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Quitman, Endowment Fund.Services under direction of Lowe Funeral Home, Quitman.