Lucille Margaret Pulte Hatcher
Lucille Margaret Pulte Hatcher, 92, of Farmington, N.M., died June 4, 2014.
Born Nov. 27, 1921 in Gainesville, Texas to Alexander and Elizabeth Pulte, Lucille was the sixth of eight children. Although she won a scholarship to study at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, upon her graduation from St. Mary’s High School in Gainesville, Lucille followed her heart and married Leon Hatcher on May 13,1920 at the age of 18. She was at his side for the next 69 years, bringing six daughters and two sons into the family.
The nature of Leon’s work required frequent moves in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Wyoming. The family made Clinton, Okla. their home from 1958 through 1961, when Leon Hatcher served as chief of survey with the Bureau of Reclamation during the construction of the Foss Dam project.
Lucille had a love of learning that was an inspiration to her children, and gifted them with her love of music. She and Leon (Hatch) shared a love of the outdoors and a perfect day of picnicking in Colorado would often be followed by bird-watching in the backyard, or sitting out under the stars.
Lucille is survived by children and their spouses: Elaine Fransen; Carol Walters; Sam (Katherine) Hatcher; Steve (Jean) Hatcher; Izzy (Doug) Bracken; Ginny (Bob) Rivera and Chris (Ron) Neher; grandchildren and spouses: Diane (Curt) Smith-Bauer; Scott (Anita) Fransen; Brenda Price; Cheryl Gregg; Ray Walters (Elena Cortez); Terri Walters (Dennis McCarthy); Alyssa Walters (Gary Gordon); Greg (Cindy) Hatcher; Jason (Erin) Hatcher; Megan (Chris) Souther; Amy (Sam) Caldwell; Cara (Ed) Blair; Paul (Leslie) Hatcher; Bethany Hatcher; Jacqui (Jay) Chappell; Cassie Trujillo (Vincent Escalante); Mandy Gonzalez; Andy Montoya; Dan Hatcher; Mike Hatcher; Burton (Monica) Bracken; Bennett Bracken; Angela Rivera; Rachel Rivera; Mallory Neher and Grace Neher; 48 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Anna Mae Ratliff Gullet of Terrell, Texas.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Leon S. Hatcher (2009); daughter, Hilma Montoya; sons-in-law, Andy Montoya and Doug Fransen; great-grandson, Kevin Fransen; and siblings Raymond Pulte, Helen Strategier, Herbert Pulte, Dorothy Huchton, Jerome Pulte and Delores Pulte.
Services were held in Farmington, N.M. on June 9. Memorial donation suggestions are Alzheimer’s Association at http://act.alz.org/goto/Lucille_Hatcher and Catholic Charities by mail, CCUSA, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, Md. 21297-1066. Those making contributions are asked to put In Memory of Lucille Hatcher in memo field of the check.
The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to the staffs of the Bee Hive Memory Loss Home and the Northwest New Mexico Hospice for the extraordinary tenderness and kindness shown to Lucille.