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Originally published: 2013-02-07 10:50:07
Last modified: 2013-02-07 10:50:07

Louise Lindley Hatch

Louise Lindley Hatch was born June 13, 1919, died gently Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in her room at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community surrounded by all of her children, her many friends and the priests of Deerfield.

Louise was born in New Castle, Pa., the daughter of Lt. Commander Leo Lee and Marian Pierson Lindley. As the daughter of a Naval officer who was often at sea, much of Louise's childhood was spent at naval bases in California.

She graduated from Berkeley High School and The University of California, Berkeley, "was not a hippy" but a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. She was proud to say that all you needed for Berkeley in those days was a good report card and $24.50 a semester.

Louise married James Jefferson Hatch, also of The University of California, Berkeley, son of Cornelius and Doris Hatch of Vallejo Calif., owners of the Monticello Steamship Co., the fastest ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay. After graduation, Jim Hatch joined the U.S. Army and Louise went from being a Navy junior to an Army wife who rooted for Navy for 21 years before considering the debt repaid and switching to Army.

Soon after marriage, Louise and Jim moved to Fort Benning, Ga. After completing Airborne training, Jim left for England and soon parachuted in behind the German lines on D-Day, while Louise returned to California. After the war and from there on, it was many moves, in and outside of the country, and many children.

Louise's only sibling Phyllis Lindley of Chico, Calif., sadly died just this past June 28, 2013. Louise is survived by five of her six children. Sara (Sally) Brewster Hatch and husband, Gary Swartz, of Vilas, and their daughter, Lindley, James Cooper Hatch and wife, Sherrie, of Hawkinsville, Ga., and their son, Chris, Marian (Muffin) Hatch Vallely and husband, Paul of Bigfork, Mont., and their daughter, Dana and Scott (sadly deceased), Richard Kenneth Hatch, also sadly deceased, formerly of Wintergreen, Va.; and his sons, Nathan and Joe, Laura Lee Hall and husband, Robert, of Aiken, S.C. and their son, Graham, William Riley Hatch and wife, Marla, of Banner Elk, and their daughter, Jessica.

Louise has always been a faithful and active member of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Daughters of the King. She justly earned the local title of "Church Lady". Louise played a mean hand of poker and shanghai, and loved a good party.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at St. Giles Chapel of Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community on Hendersonville Road, Asheville, with interment to follow 4 p.m. at Holy Cross Church Memorial Garden, Valle Crucis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests for memorial contributions to be made to St. Giles Church, 1617 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC 28803; and Holy Cross Church, PO Box 645 Highway 194 of Valle Crucis, NC, 28691.

An online memorial register is available at