Iva M. Hatch, 94

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Iva Hatch

FRYEBURG — Iva Mildred Miller Hatch, 94, of Fryeburg, died peacefully at Fryeburg Healthcare Center surrounded by her family and friends on March 14, 2014.

She was born on May 2, 1919, in Brownfield, the daughter of Howard and Grace Sinclair Miller.

Iva was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Perley Miller, Howard Miller Jr., Alfred Miller; and sisters, Viola Miller Day and Gertrude Miller Morse. Also her husband of over 50 years, Raymond E. Hatch; a son, Rodney E. Hatch; two daughters, Cheryl Anne of Fryeburg and Virginia Hatch LaFontaine of Conway, N.H. Iva had also lost a grandson, Terry Lee Lafontaine, of Conway; and a granddaughter, Marianne Eastman Pelkie of Fryeburg.

She is survived by a son, David S. Hatch and wife Donna, two daughters, Margaret Hatch Eastman and husband Melvin, and Holly Hatch Strange and her husband, Mark Strange, a daughter-in-law, Judy Fox Hatch, all of Fryeburg; and son-in-law, William LaFontaine of Conway, N.H. Her greatest joys were her children, 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren that have brought so much happiness and sunshine into her life. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Iva and Raymond first lived in Waterford, beginning their married life together. She often stated that Waterford was a nice little town but she and Raymond were the only young people that lived there at that time. Needless to say she was thrilled when they moved to Fryeburg and started their family on Oxford St., where they resided until they bought the house on Warren St. in 1952. They remained in their beloved home until it was destroyed by fire in 1981. Ray was a patient in the hospital at the time of the fire but, with the help and generosity of the entire town pulling together, a new house was constructed by her family and friends consisting of many town carpenters, masons and just plain good ole help of all kinds.

Iva loved riding her bike around town, carrying and delivering her homemade apple jelly to friends and neighbors. She loved climbing Shawnee Peak, picking pails of blueberries, and showing up in neighborhood yards with her little paring knife in hand to dig dandelion greens. A spring tradition for her and friends was to go Mayflower picking.

Iva was a wonderful homemaker, making the children’s clothes, canning vegetables from their garden, making her “famous” apple jelly, a top-notch baker, and a wonderful and gracious hostess. As the children grew Iva started to work outside of the home. She worked in Conway at Birchcraft, at Western Maine Forest Nursery, in the kitchen at Fryeburg Academy, and she worked many years cleaning homes in town until her retirement at the age of 80.

She was a member of the Fryeburg New Church for more than 50 years, belonged to the Women’s Alliance and made so many pies for the church booth at Fryeburg Fair that she lost count. She was always giving to someone who was in need and lending a helping hand. She entertained many of her friends for a coffee hour in the morning or a few friends stopping by for afternoon tea.

In the past year, as Iva’s health deteriorated it became necessary for her to enter the Fryeburg Healthcare Center. Very quickly she made many new friends and became a favorite of all that knew her and her wonderful sense of humor, which she kept right to the end of her life. On her last day at FHC it was a steady stream of family, staff and residents coming to say their last good-byes. We want to thank all the caregivers and staff at the FHC for all their wonderful care of her. They made Iva’s stay special by making her feel so special. Also a heartfelt thank you to Fryeburg Rescue for always being there for her/us. Lastly, there is not enough words of praise or appreciation to mom’s beloved Dr. Buzzell. He has been very active for many years, caring for mom’s physical health along with her emotion well-being, and is such a wonderful advocate for the elderly.

A Celebration of Iva’s life will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Fryeburg New Church on Oxford St., Fryeburg at 11 a.m., with Rev. Alison Lane Olsen officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Fryeburg Rescue at P.O. Box 177, Fryeburg, ME 04037, or Fryeburg New Church, 12 Oxford St., Fryeburg, ME 04037. There will be a graveside service in the spring. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.org

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