Wilma Gay Hawker Hatch passed away peacefully on November 15, 2023. She enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends in those final tender moments. She eventually succumbed to the pancreatic cancer she had been stoically battling.
Wilma is preceded in death by her husband Larry, as well as 2 of her siblings, Doyle Hawker and Norma Jacks. She is survived by her other 2 siblings Rose Eckhart, and Bill Hawker. Wilma is also survived by her nine children and their spouses: Riley Hatch, Todd & Monie Hatch, Jennifer & Bruce Clark, Gregory Hatch, Thomas Hatch, Andrew & Suzi Hatch, Cyndi & Scott McMillan, Eddie & Jill Hatch, Eric Hatch as well as 35 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, all of whom love their grandma very much.
Wilma was born in Menan, Idaho on July 21, 1941, the first of five children to Howard and Lois Hawker.
If anyone deserved to have peace when they passed, it was Wilma. The church never had a more faithful member. She never strayed from the path and can be assured of her warm welcome by our Heavenly Father.
Nothing in the world was more important to Wilma than her family. She and her husband Lawrence Martin Hatch were married in the Idaho Falls Temple and they enjoyed 59 years of marriage before his passing just 2 years ago.
Her entire life was dedicated to the most noble of life’s purposes, that of being a mother. The last decade of Wilma’s life was spent in beautiful Laketown, Utah where Wilma loved hosting activities for her family. In the course of doing so, Wilma has left her children and grandchildren with a lifetime of happy memories, which have served to create the strong family bond that was of such importance to Wilma. She truly strived to create an eternal family.
In addition to family, Wilma pursued many other endeavors. Service was always a primary principle taught in the Hatch house. Service to the community, the church, and to people in general was a part of daily life.
Wilma held multiple church positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She faithfully fulfilled many church callings including Cub Scout Den Mother, Choir Director, Primary President, Relief Society President, Public Relations Specialist, Stake Relief Society Counselor, Service in the Odgen Temple, and two full-time missions with her husband to Flagstaff, Arizona, and inner-city Ogden.
Wilma was a wonderful homemaker and was an expert baker. Everyone especially loved her signature cinnamon rolls. She was also an avid canner, providing delicious meals for her family that came straight out of the garden. In general, she loved to feed her family and right up to the end of her days, she would always ask her family what she could fix for them to eat whenever they would visit. She also kept an immaculate house, including beautiful flower beds around every home that she and Larry lived in.
In short, no family could ever have asked for a more loving mother. Every child and grandchild of Wilma was blessed with knowing that they were loved. Wilma was truly a light to the world and will be sorely missed.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, November 19, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Morgan Stake Center. The funeral will be held on Monday, November 20, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan Stake Center with a viewing from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.