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Karen Hatch: A Truly Remarkable Woman

A dear friend and remarkable person passed away recently and I’m including her obituary.  I hope to be like her.  She was one of my favorite people to talk with at church and I will always be grateful for her example to me.  She was an accomplished woman who never regretted giving it all up to stay home with her children.  She was and is remarkable.

The following obituary with a picture can be found here.

Karen Frances Parker Hatch died January 22nd from head injuries suffered in a fall on the ice on January 14th. She was born on January 9, 1935 to Edna Maughan Parker and Fred Cooper Parker at home on the ranch near Hall, Montana, the 7th of eight children.

She attended the two room school in Hall, graduating from the 8th grade in 1948, and then attended Drummond High School, graduating in 1952. She received a B.S Degree in English education from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1956, and taught high school English in Oakdale, California, and Ely, Nevada until 1960 when she returned to BYU to pursue an M.A. Degree in English which she received in 1962. She then taught English at BYU until 1968.

In the summer of 1964 she attended the University of London, in London, England, for a six week course in 20th Century English Literature, and received a certificate of completion in August 1964. While in London she attended a play at which Queen Elizabeth II was also present.

For the academic year 1967-68 she studied at UCLA at Los Angeles, California, and successfully completed a specialized course of post graduate studies in teaching English as a second language.

On September 13, 1968, Karen married Carl A. Hatch in the Logan Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lived in Helena, Montana since then. For the next 30 years she focused on raising their six children, which she considered her most important work. Karen was an avid reader, and enjoyed traveling, opera, and classical and jazz music, but was always looking for an adventure whether it was riding in a hot air balloon in Albuquerque, on camels in China and Egypt, on elephants in Thailand and Myanmar, or snorkeling in the Caribbean at Cancun, Mexico, to celebrate her 80th birthday. However, she found homemaking, marriage and being a mother and grandmother the most fulfilling of all her life experiences. She loved her fifteen grandchildren and used her sewing skills to make each a unique blanket.

When her children were grown she worked for the Federal Government and the State of Montana in gathering labor and census information.

She and her husband taught English at Shandong Normal University in Jinan, China for the academic years 2003 and 2004. From 2006 – 2008 she and her husband were called by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve a humanitarian mission in the Thailand Bangkok Mission as country directors of LDS Charities in Myanmar, living in Yangon. During this mission she was involved in providing clean water to villages, education and medical institutions; in furnishing wheelchairs and prosthetics to the disabled; in having specialists from the United States, Japan, and other countries, train Myanmar doctors, nurses and other medical professionals neo-natal resuscitation; and in teaching English to governmental officials, young adults pursuing advanced education and hotel service employees.

Her devoted, lifelong membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided her opportunities to serve in many callings: teacher, choir director, Young Women’s President, Primary President and Relief Society President. Since October 2001 to the present she has served as an ordinance worker in the Billings Montana Temple. She followed the invitation of Moroni, the last of the Book of Mormon prophets, who wrote: “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him.”

Karen is survived by her husband, Carl, and their six children and fifteen grandchildren: Emily and James Lynn (Brendan, Connor, Ian and Erin) of Lethbridge, Alberta; Maureen Hatch of West Jordan, Utah; Jonathan and Tara Hatch (Caleb, Alyssa and Natalie) of Auburn, Washington; Jennifer and Christopher Childers (Ansel, Jonas, Owen and Sadie) of Richland, Washington; Lucy and Jay Johnson (Seth, Samuel, Henry and Daniel) of Durango, Colorado; and Sarah Hatch of West Jordan, Utah.

Rise and Shout, and Fight, Fight, Fight for Iowa

I don’t support my alma maters’ football teams. I feel bad about this. But it takes so much effort. I have to find out when they play. And then, because we don’t have cable or satellite right now, I have to find a place to watch them play. And then, if that weren’t enough, I have to care if they win.

And I have two alma maters and I don’t want to show favoritism to one of them so I’d have to watch two games a week. I’m building a house right now and I just can’t make the commitment.

Not that my teams aren’t fun to watch.

University of Iowa wins with some consistency and Iowa fans are amazing. If you are at the University of Iowa on a game day, you don’t have to go to the game to have a blast. The tailgating there is an Olympic event. Truly amazing.

BYU is fairly consistent too, I guess. They consistently lose when it’s a high pressure/stakes game. But they’ve gotten better since they picked a better blue for the team color. When I attended BYU, it was this weird sky blue color no one looked good in. I’m one of those people who believe a team wins more games when they don’t want to hurry into the locker room to take powder blue skin-tight pants off. And when they are winning, no one is more exciting to watch.

But I don’t know any of the players and I no longer wish to date any. I’m not saying this was my motivation for attending games or following the teams while attending these institutions of higher learner, but it didn’t hurt, either.

I think if I still lived in Provo, I’d go to the games. Unless I was committed to an asylum for still living in Provo.

I could live in Iowa City and attend the games. I think I’d only need outpatient counseling for my law school flashbacks. (“But you called on my already this week, Mr. Carrasco. I don’t know what the issue is. I don’t know who the parties are. I don’t know. I just don’t know. (cry here.))

All of this is just too hard. I think I’ll keep pretending I care about Montana college teams, instead. Quick – is University of MT the Bobcats or is that Montana State?

A Romantic Birthday Getaway or Something

My husband was given tickets to the BYU/Gonzaga game.  It is in Spokane Thursday night, a six-hour car trip one way.  And it is my birthday Sunday.

I will pause for a moment to shamelessly solicit birthday wishes.

How he asked me to go with him:

Marianne, would you like to go away for a romantic get away for your birthday?

Me: That sounds like fun.

Him: AND to top it all off, we can go to the BYU game.

Me: We are going to a romantic basketball game for my birthday?

Him: It’s supposed to be a really good game.

Me: What else will we be doing?

Him: I thought we could get a nice lunch that (the contractor who is building his office building) recommended.

Me: He recommended a restaurant?

Him: He thought it would be fun to join us for lunch.

Me: For my birthday?

Him: Exactly.  And maybe go over a couple last minute building details.

Me: And then after lunch and before the game we can go to the most expensive jewelers in Spokane so that I can have the properly sized diamond earrings for a college basketball game?

Him: (slight pause) Exactly what I was thinking.

Go Cougs!

(We’re not actually going to the jewelry store.  But getting the pricey fountain pen I want at Office Max doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.)  (And yes, I am aware of the pun and I apologize.)