Edith Hatch, 94

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Edith L. Hatch, 94, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at a long-term care center in Mountain Home.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel. Services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home.

Edith was born Sept. 25, 1909, near Cassville, Mo., to A.J. and Ethel Hopkins, the third of six siblings. The family moved to Idaho in 1920. She graduated from Roswell High School and went to Links Business College in Boise.

Edith married Homer Hatch, her high school sweetheart, on Jan. 16, 1930, and had their 73rd anniversary this year.

In 1952 she and Homer moved to Mountain Home. She worked at Hub Clothiers for a number of years.

Her activities included over 30 years volunteering for the Red Cross (Grey Lady), Blood Bank Chairperson for ten years, member of the Mountain Home Civic Club, President of the 2nd District of the Idaho Federated Women's Club 1962-1964 and a long-time member of the First Congregational Church.

For many years she and Homer hosted the Elmore Shrine Club Picnics. Over the last 30 years they spent many enjoyable hours and days supporting the El Korah Elmore Shrine Club and Daughters of the Nile.

Edith's first priority was her family, spending time with her grandchildren and gardening, her family said. After her husband's retirement they traveled extensively throughout the states.

The last ten years were difficult as her health deteriorated due to Alzheimer disease and her activities became more and more limited.

Edith is survived by: her daughter, Peggy Whitlock of Portland, Ore., and son Ralph Hatch and his wife, Nova, both of Mountain Home; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Varner, Albert and Bob, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer, and her parents and brothers, Herman and Andy.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made in Edith's name to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Fairfax Ave. and Virginia St., Salt Lake City, UT 84103.