Patricia (Patty) Hatch, 95, was welcomed into Glory on Friday, February 3rd, 2023.
Born in Altoona, she was the daughter of Gordon and Margaret Mc Quillan.
She was married to her husband Durwood, on March 16, 1951.
Patty is survived by her son, Keith (Mary), daughter Amy (Gary), 3 grandchildren, Ben (Sarah), Ryan and Emily (Dondray), 2 great-grandchildren, Elliana and Joshua. Also surviving are 5 nieces and nephews, Mary Louise, Rory, Kathleen, Jim and Linda.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Durwood, her son, Mark, and two sisters, Mary and Imelda (Butty).
After graduating Altoona High School, Patricia worked at Shaffer's Corner Store where she first met Durwood, who was impressed with her kindness toward little children. Three years later, they were married. She was an excellent wife and help-meet to Durwood throughout their 68 years together.
Patricia will be remembered as a mother who exemplified kindness, tenderness and great patience, although she "could always tell when her children were up to something" and tried mightily to steer them away from trouble. Patty was a strong encourager to all of her children, regardless of their interests or talents and tried to instill in them a desire to help those who were less fortunate.
Shortly after their marriage Durwood and Patty moved to Washington
D.C. where she worked as a secretary for the C.I.A. for a couple of years.
She also managed the Hatch Insurance Agency in the mid-1970's and volunteered as a teacher's aide, a job which she loved very much.
Patricia was known for her sense of humor and her sometimes sharp wit as well as her intelligence. She could also be a surprisingly competitive woman. Patty took up postal chess in the mid-1950's, eventually winning the 1957 U.S. Ladies Correspondence Championship.
Patty was an avid game player, playing Risk and Mille-Borne when she was younger and being especially strong at The Settlers of Catan (which she played from her mid-70's to her mid 80's) and Parcheesi.
She was also an avid reader of mysteries (Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, etc.) and enjoyed puzzles, riddles and trivia games. She particularly loved Jeopardy and in the summers would write her own questions so that she could play with the family when her grandson, Ben, would visit.
Patty is much loved and will be sorely missed by those she has left behind, but she is in Heaven now, with her Lord Jesus and reunited with the love of her life, Durwood.
“Tiny, but Mighty.”
Friends will be received from 1 to 3 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home, Inc., 719 N 4th Avenue, Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 3 pm with Pastor Ben Hoover officiating. Interment will be made at Logan Valley Cemetery, Bellwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Shriners Hospitals for Children. PO Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394 or at donate.lovetotherescue.org.