By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent
Linda Hatch had a sparkle about her that family members called the Midas Touch. She had a radical artistic nature about herself that overflowed into everything she was involved with. According to Marcia Rackley, Hatch’s sister, “Everything that left her hands ended up better and shinier including her family and friends.”
Linda Hatch died July 2, 2005, at the age of 61 due to complications with diabetes.
Hatch was an avid Elvis fan who enjoyed traveling, reading, cooking, decorating, painting and entertaining in her home.
According to long time friend of 35 years, Joyce Cone, Hatch was a dependable person that was committed to her word.
“If she said she would do something,” Cone said, “she did it first class.”
Hatch’s main goal in life was to help others feel better about themselves. She tried to protect people from the ills of the world but was often misunderstood, according to James Hatch, Linda Hatch’s husband.
“She was intuitive and an astute listener when it came to people,” James said. “She could tell whether someone was a good person or not but not everyone enjoyed hearing what she had to say.
“She may have seemed negative (at times), but she was trying to look out for the underdog.”
Linda Hatch was born Jan. 1, 1944, to Josephine A. and Vernon R. Kitts at Staten Island, N.Y.
She grew up in Portales and graduated from the Portales High School. On May 17, 1958, she went on a date with her future husband, James G. Hatch, to a sports banquet at Portales High School. They married in Clovis on Sept. 14, 1960. They were married for 45 years and had three boys together.
Hatch spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, but worked as a bridal consultant and later owned and operated the Mod-O-Day Shop in Portales for a few years. She volunteered for a first-grade reading program in the public schools and was a member of P.E.O., Beta Sigma Phi, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
According to family members, Hatch’s greatest accomplishments were her three sons and her grandchildren.
“She could never do enough to make things fun for her children,” said Rackley.
Though Hatch never wanted to be remembered as being a saint, family and friends said she planted richness in the lives of others through hospitality and generosity, which changed the course of their lives.