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06/14/20 - NNHS Newsletter -
Mary Lou Payne Hatten

Mary Lou Payne Hatten
(30 April 1925 - 13 June 2020)

Hampton High School Class of 1942

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    I was saddened this Sunday morning to read of the passing of a most delightful and brilliant woman,   Mary Lou Payne Hatten, Hampton High School Class of 1942, who passed away in Newport News on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the age of 95.   

    Widow of     John Q. Hatten, Hampton High School Class of 1941, she was the mother of     Bobby Hatten (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '65) of VA, Mary Beth Hatten (Ferguson HS - @ '68), and Jay Hatten, and the sister of Ann Payne Wood, and of the late Margaret Lee Payne Overton, Class of June 1945. She will forever be remembered as the vibrant powerhouse that she was.


From the Daily Press - 06/14/20: 

                     Mary Lou Payne Hatten

 

 

NEWPORT NEWS - Mary Lou Payne Hatten, a beloved community leader and lifelong resident of the Peninsula, died at age 95 on June 13, 2020.

The daughter of Lafayette and Waverly Payne, Mary Lou was born on April 30, 1925 in Newport News, VA. She was graduated from Hampton High School in 1942 and Hollins College in 1946. Devoted to Hollins, she was an active alumna, serving as class reporter well into her 90s, and known as a clear and expressive writer whose class notes were enjoyed by all ages. She was last at Hollins in 2017 to celebrate her 71st reunion as well as the 175th anniversary of the founding of the College.

Her life on the Peninsula was characterized by service to her family, her community and her church. The mother of three, she manned the little league snack bar, was a home room mother, a cub scout den mother, and ushered her daughter to science fairs around the state.

In the community, she served as President of the Junior League of Hampton Roads, helped organize the Nature Museum, now called the Virginia Living Museum, and enjoyed being in a drama troup for primary school children.

She also served as a lifelong member, President and later Historian of the Hampton Roads Garden Club, helping to organize Historic Garden Week for more than 50 years. She was awarded the honor of being the first and only Emeritus member. She was also a member of the Newport News – Warwick Chapter of the DAR.

 

 
 

 

 

In addition, she was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church where she was married, and led the Junior Department in the Sunday School for many years. She also served in the WMU and was in charge of the flowers for Sunday services. Additionally, she was active in Community Bible Study, an ecumenical group serving all Christian denominations, where she served as a Core Leader.

An accomplished cook, she is the author of a renowned cookbook, "Food Glorious Food", which compiled classic recipes including those of many of her friends and her parents' friends.

Her life in the community was complemented by her love of family and of lifelong friendships. She married her childhood sweetheart, Dr. John Q. Hatten, who grew up a few blocks from her on Chesapeake Avenue and shared her birthday of April 30th. Married for 70 years, until his death in 2017, John and Mary Lou enjoyed playing golf especially at beautiful locations around the United States and Scotland. They also took great pleasure from attending medical meetings together with their lifelong friends.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Bobby) R. Hatten; her daughter, Dr. Mary E (Mary Beth) Hatten; and her son, John (Jay) Quackenbush Hatten, Jr.; two granddaughters, Cary Hatten Quinn, her husband Ethan, Meredith Hatten Gentine, her husband Josh; and one grandson, John Hart Baker, his wife Lene; three great-grandsons, Ryan James Quinn, Jackson Robert Quinn, and Henry Hatten Gentine; and a great-grand daughter, Juliette Elizabeth Gentine; her sister, Ann Payne Wood, her husband Barry, her sister-in-law, Erah Hatten Kliewer, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She is pre-deceased by her sister, Margaret Lee Payne Overton.

A graveside funeral service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park.

The family suggests that any contributions to honor the life of Mary Lou Hatten be made to the Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601; to Soundscapes at 11009 Warwick Boulevard, #215, Newport News, VA 23601, or to the charity of your choice.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press on June 14, 2020.
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I am thankful to have been Mary Lou's friend for many years. She made her life useful to her many endeavors over many years, and this is a rarity to be celebrated. May she rest in peace, and henceforth may we see more like her in our community.

~ Ray C. Otte


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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Bobby, and to all of Mrs. Hatten's family and friends.


  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802


Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by
George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".
 

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?


"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of http://www.norbry.net/midi/archive/hymn/ - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/e/servogod.htm - 01/13/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 03/15/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Kitchen Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/tx5280/lines4.html - 01/01/10

DAR logo courtesy of http://www.polynome.fr/peace1783/ - 01/13/08

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