Oleta Haynes Hatchett

June 29, 1915April 22, 2013

Oleta Hatchett obituary

Oleta Hatchett, age 97, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013, at Bellevue Nursing Home, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born on July 29,1915, in Rocky, Oklahoma, to Johnnie and Ethyl (Roberts) :Haynes.

Oleta grew up in rural Washita County, near Cordell, Oklahoma. She graduated from Mountain View School in 1931. After high school she attended Southwestern State Teachers College in Weatherford, Oklahoma, where she received a baccalaureate degree.

After graduation, she secured a teaching position at a one-room schoolhouse in Camp Creek, Oklahoma. There she met Martin Luther Hatchett, her future husband. They were married on Valentine’s Day, 1936. Martin farmed and Oleta taught school in western Oklahoma and later in the Oklahoma panhandle until 1952, when the family moved to Oklahoma City.

Oleta first taught in the Putnam City schools. In 1956, she began teaching first grade at Luther Burbank Elementary School in the Oklahoma City school district. She taught there until her formal retirement in 1980. She continued teaching at Heritage Hall for 2 years and then did substitute teaching for several more.

She and Martin married in 1936 in Taloga, Oklahoma. They were happily married for 72 years. She was a member of Northwest Baptist Church. Her greatest joy was her fellowship with the Lord. The Haynes family was musically inclined and Oleta was no exception. She loved to sing and play the piano, which she did faithfully until an injury forced her from her home of 60 years.

Oleta was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Ethyl Haynes, brothers Dale and Emory Haynes, and two sisters, Lynn and Berniece. Martin died in 2008. Kay Wells, daughter, died in 2011.

She is survived by her two sons, John (Karen) of Bartlesville, and Tom of Oklahoma City, granddaughter Donna Wells of Oklahoma City, granddaughter Natalie Wells of Carthage Texas, and grandson David Wells of Oklahoma City. She is suarvived by her grandsons Mason Hatchett of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Philip Hatchett of Houston, Texas, and Robert Hatchett of Memphis, Tennessee. She is survived by eight great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank ParcWay Rehabilitation and Bellevue Nursing Home for their kind and loving attention to Oleta.

A visitation will be held at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 8701 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, from noon to 8 PM, Thursday, April 25. The memorial service will be held at Chapel Hill Funeral Home at 2 PM Friday, April 26. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Good Shepherd Ministries, First Baptist Church, 1201 N. Robinson, Oklahoma City, OK 73103. Condolences may be left on Oleta Hatchett’s online guest book at


  • Funeral Service Friday, April 26, 2013

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June 17, 2013

This lovely lady was my kindergarten teacher at Burbank, 50 something years ago. She had great patience. She had to, with me and my 6 yr old buddies. God Bless You.

Lavetta Ogle

May 1, 2013

May God comfort you in the days ahead. Oleta was a dear friend and sister in The Lord. I taught with her at Burbank and my daughter, Valerie was in her 1st grade class in 1969. She was a great teacher and mentor to me when I was teaching. I will always cherish the many fond memories I have of our times together.
Love, Lavetta and Valerie

Patty Hendrick Hunt

April 30, 2013

I am proud to say that Mrs. Hatchett was my 1st and 3rd grade teacher at Burbank. She was caring, committed, encouraging, and was one of my earliest influences to become an educator. I retired 2 years ago, and when I reflect on my mentors, she always comes to mind. God bless you, Tom, and your family. Your mother was one of a kind.

Patty Crews

April 28, 2013

Hatchett family, we remember your mother with the fondest memories. We are so sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful woman of God. We still have the book she gave Heather when she was a baby. May you always have wonderful memories of your mother. Mike and Patty Crews (we used to live next door).

April 26, 2013

Dear family:
We grieve with you over your great loss while also rejoicing in Oleta's eternal gain. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. May the kind thoughts of your many friends make your grief a little easier to bear and may the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. She was so very special; an inspiration to all who knew her.
Cathy Welborn's Ladies S/S Class-NWBC
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

April 26, 2013

What a wonderful legacy Mrs. Hatchett has given to her family. She certainly
touched many lives. Please know your family will be in our thought's and prayers.
Sincerely, Evelyn and Howard Kennedy


April 26, 2013


Gary Steves

April 26, 2013

I was in her 3rd grade class at Luther Burbank. The best time we had was when she would play the piano and we would sing once a week. We had a lot of really good teachers at Burbank and Mrs. Hatchett was at the top. There is not enough thanks for the minds she helped mold.

LeAnne (Cathy Gamble) Jones

April 26, 2013

I went to Luther Burbank where Mrs. Hatchett taught. my first grade teacher wasn't Mrs. Hatchett,this was in 68-69 . I remember Mrs.Hatchett, she was a petite, no non-sense kind of teacher. I would remember her every time i went by her house which wasn't very far from the school. May the good Lord watch over you,and your family. Please know that the Hatchett family will be in my thoughts and Prayers!

Rod Holcomb

April 26, 2013

God has called another Angel home. She and her husband (Martin) was always kind to me. My heart is out to all off her family.