Verda Evans Hatch, wife of Col. Alden O. Hatch, died Sunday evening, November 25, 1990, at the Pattie A. Clay Hospital, after a long illness.
Mrs. Hatch was born April 21, 1909 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the only daughter of Edward A. and Ruby Swift Evans. Her brothers, Dr. Carvel S. Evans, Dr. Edward Evans (deceased), Howard Evans (deceased), and Dr. John D. Evans, made their homes with their families in Salt Lake City.Verda Hatch was educated in the Salt Lake City Schools, the Latter Day Saints High School, an graduated from the University of Utah with a BA degree in Education and a special degree in Music. She sang the lead soprano for the Salt Lake Civic Opera for eight years, was a soloist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and lead soprano for three years while attending the University of Utah.
She began teaching music in all 12 grades in Metropolis, Nevada, taught 4th grade and music for three years in Salt Lake City, two years in the U.S. Army Dependent School at Bad Kreuznach, Germany, one year of special education in the Richmond, Virginia City Schools, and 16 years with the Madison County School System. Mrs. Hatch taught at Waco Elementary School and for 12 years taught vocal and chorus at Madison Central High School. She gave private vocal and piano lessons for 20 years and also taught crafts in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Bad Kreuznach, Germany schools.
Verda Hatch and Emma Jaggers began the EKU Woman's Club. She served as a Madison County officer and a member of the Lancaster Pike Homemakers Club, the Cecilian Club, served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, and a County officer in the Girl Scouts. She was also a member of the Madison County and the National Retired Teachers Association.
Col. and Mrs. Hatch were married March 8, 1934 in the Latter Day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mrs. Hatch is survived by her husband; two sons, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by a son and a daughter. Her husband, Col. Alden O. Hatch, retired with 27 years from the U.S. Army, was a former Administrator of the Pattie A. Clay Hospital, initiating the construction of the new hospital on the Eastern By-Pass, and then served as Director of Housing for EKU before retiring in 1975.
Her oldest son, Col. Alden E. Hatch (USA Ret.), married Jill Leatherman, of Wheelwright, Kentucky. Their children are Cpt. Michael E. Hatch, Kathryn (Kerry) J. Hatch, and Alden D. Hatch (deceased). Col. Alden E. Hatch is the City Manager of Carey, Ohio.
Her second son, Col. Edward A. Hatch (USA Ret.), married Vergie Gaskin, of Russell Springs, Kentucky. They have three children, James S. Hatch (married Cheryl Orpin, of Washington D.C.), Julie Hatch Myers (married Todd A. Myers, of Nicholasville, Kentucky), and Betty Hatch Jacob (married Gregory Jacob, of South Dakota). Col. Edward A. Hatch is a dentist in Richmond, Kentucky.
Her third son, Wayne O. Hatch (deceased), married Jean Young, of Salvisa (Harrodsburg), Kentucky. Their children are Deborah Hatch Conkwright, (married Mack Conkwright, of Lexington, Kentucky), and Kenneth W. Hatch (married Jill Dales, of Morehead, Kentucky). Wayne O. Hatch was a lighting engineer for Sylvania GTE in Winchester, Kentucky.
Mrs. Hatch's daughter, Margene Hatch Jett (deceased) married Paul David Jett of Richmond, Kentucky. Their children are Neil O. Jett (married Lynn Pace of Mt. Sterling Kentucky), Stephen W. Jett, and Lucy A. Jett. Paul David Jett is the owner and manager of the Jett and Hall Stores in Richmond, Kentucky.
Mrs. Hatch's five great-grandchildren are Jeffie Wells (11 years), Meredith A. Myers (6 years), Tyler A. Myers (4 years), Whitney Conkwright (2 years), and Rebekah Hatch (1 year).
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 27, 1990, 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home. Funeral service Wednesday, November 28, 1990, 1:30 p.m. at funeral home, with Bishop Joe Alexander presiding. Mrs. Hatch will be buried in the Richmond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in her name to the Pattie A. Clay Hospital Bulding Fund, Pattie A. Clay Hospital, Eastern By-Pass, Richmond, Kentucky, 40475.
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