Heaven received another angel on July 22, 2019 when Shirley returned home. She had a long struggle with Celiac disease but against all odds lived to be 92 years old. Shirley was born to Art and Iva Wilson on June 18, 1927 here in Vernal, Utah. She spent her early childhood in Rector and Dragon, Utah. These were small gilsonite mining towns.
During WWII, in 1942, her family moved to Long Beach, California. Her parents and others of their extended family worked in the shipyards and airplane factories. She attended Poly High School and loved going to the beach with friends. She was able to attend many concerts while living there; her favorite on was seeing Frank Sinatra in person. She appreciated all the music of her era.
In 1945, she graduated from high school, and attended Long Beach City College. Her family decided now that the war was over to move back to Vernal. She then worked at the Vernal clinic for Doctor Seager, Spendlove. She married Alva Lewis Hatch in 1948 and in May 21, 1977 they were sealed in the Provo temple. Shirley had many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed each one and gained many blessings through serving others. Shirley served at the Vernal temple for six and a half years and had to be released because of her health. Shirley worked at Uintah School District as an accounts payable clerk for 21 years. She worked part-time for 10 years at the Western Heritage Museum and loved it.
Shirley was an artist. She created many oil paintings of landscapes and flowers. She also wrote poetry that was of a spiritual nature. Shirley was an avid reader, with her home full of books. She read the scriptures every night and gained a strong testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ, and His gospel. She lived the commandments and endured to the end. The Lord has a special place for her to live because of her faithfulness.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, Art and Iva Wilson, her husband, Lou and her precious daughter, Lisa Kelly Forsey and son-in-law, Jack Rood.
Shirley was one tough lady. She had many trials in her life, but held tight to the ironrod. She always was grateful for all her blessings and expressed that to her family. She left behind her oldest daughter Nancy (Jack) Rood of Port Angeles, Washington, Greg Hatch her oldest son of Vernal, Utah, Mike Hatch (Denise) of Sandy, Utah, Rory (Karen) Hatch of Vernal and Jerry Forsey, son-in-law of St. George, Utah.
Shirley was an only child, but has 19 grandchildren and 30+ great grandchildren. She is a treasured daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a patriot. She loved this country and knew how important following the constitution is to our success as a nation. She supported many constitutional causes through her donations.
Special thanks to Vernal 6th ward for all of their help and support; as well as a thank you to the Good Shepard Hospice team for their love and compassion in caring for our wonderful mother and grandmother Shirley Hatch.
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