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Geraldine Hatchett

November 15, 1924March 15, 2020

Hardy Geraldine Winn Hatchett departed this life on March 15, 2020, at the age of 95 years. She was born on November 15, 1924 on a farm in Leon County Texas to Claud and Weta Winn, the 5th of their 8 children, all of whom preceded her in death. When she was 12 years old, her father died and she moved with her mother and two younger siblings to the small town of Marquez where she graduated from high school at the age of 17. She then moved to Corsicana Texas to live with her older sister where, in November 1942 at age 18, she met a soldier, Gerald Hatchett, on convalescent leave from a hospital stay. Two months later he returned to his base near Washington D.C., but soon sent a telegram to Geraldine asking her to join him and wiring her the train fare to Baltimore Maryland where they were married in February 1943. After a few months Gerald’s unit shipped out for England to support the European war effort. Geraldine returned to Corsicana where she gave birth to her first child, Ronald, in November 1943. Upon Gerald’s return to the US in 1945 the family moved to Austin where Gerald was stationed at Bergstrom Field. A second child, Deborah, was born in the Army Hospital in San Antonio in July 1947. The family was completed by the birth of twins, Linda and Brenda, in January 1950 at the Army Hospital at Ft. Hood.

Over the years Geraldine worked to supplement the family income: as a telephone operator in West, a receptionist for Alamo Steel in Waco, a book keeper and administrative assistant for Freddie Miller Autos in Waco, and then as an administrative assistant to the Director of Francis Hospital, a nursing home in Waco. Ever ambitious, Geraldine completed her associate degree in nursing home administration, passed the State licensing board examination, and was hired by owner C.B. Francis to be the Administrator of the home in Waco. Her success in expanding the Francis Home led Mr. Francis to invite her to join with three other executives of his company to purchase all 8 of his nursing homes when he retired. For 15 years Geraldine personally managed the Waco facility, renamed Quality Care, while also serving as a co-owner and supervisor of the other 7 nursing homes in the company. She was loved and respected by all her employees as a fair and generous supervisor.

Despite her heavy work schedule, Geraldine found time to be a nurturing mother. She ensured her children had clean clothes for school, that their home work was done, even finding time to be a “homeroom mother” bringing cookies to the class on special occasions, and serving as President of the La Vega High School band boosters club. She was the one who kept the children’s medical appointments and saw to it that the applications to college were in order. When filling out a family history book a couple of years ago, one of the questions was “What were your greatest accomplishments in life?” Geraldine replied: “Raising my family and accepting Jesus as my savior.”

For these and many other reasons Geraldine Hatchett will be sorely missed by her 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

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Kim Liston

March 30, 2020

She was always more like a sister to my dad, since they were only 8 years apart. I'm sure she could have told us many stories about her nephew. She was such a sweet lady, and our family sends our thoughts and prayers to all of you during this extra difficult time. Love to all!
Ronald and Kim Liston

Pat Mashek Lassetter

March 20, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. I remember when you all lived next door to us in West and the many nights of homemade ice cream. Then, when you lived in Bellmead and I loved to go and stay with you all. Blessings to all!

Sandra Dyer

March 20, 2020

To the family. .I worked as a nurses aide at St.Francis Hospital when Mrs Hatchett was administrator. .I am still working as a nurses aide 40 years later..to this day I still speak of her..she was the best administrator I have had...I am so sorry for your loss. .She was so special..sweet..caring and so so classy...She was beautiful. ..RIP sweet lady

Jann Lynch

March 20, 2020

I remember your sweet mother at so many school events. Enjoyed reading about her talent in business. I got to twirl with Linda and Brenda when they were seniors and I was the only sophomore. I enjoyed knowing Debbie at Park Cities Baptist. However, I did not recall your mother was from Leon County and her name was Winn. My mother was from Leon County, and she had relatives named Winn. We might be kinfolks. Know our prayers are with you at this time.
Jann and John Lynch

Diane Pleasants

March 20, 2020

Keith and I are thinking of you and your family. I mostly remember seeing your mother when she was participating in LVHS parent activities. She was so fortunate she had you and your siblings to love her and care for her.
May the healing gifts of time and the timeless love of God carry you gently through the loss you're feeling now. With heartfelt sympathy and caring prayers for you and your family. Diane Vollintine Pleasants
"I am He who will sustain you, I have made you and I will carry you." Isaiah 46:4 NIV

Helen Laechelin Wells

March 19, 2020

To Ronnie and girls. I am so sorry to hear about your mothers passing. Do many wonderful memories. Just know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers

Diane Kruger Brown

March 19, 2020

Carolyn and I both loved Mrs. Hatchett. I'll bet Carolyn gave her a big hug and welcomed her to Heaven! She was such a sweet lady. She was ready to meet her savior, and I know that gives you all peace. Love to the family, Diane


March 19, 2020


Becky Tennyson Shook

March 19, 2020

Your family has been so blessed to have had your mother for so many years. She was amazing in all that she accomplished in her lifetime and did this while raising four wonderful children. Cherish all those memories.

Doris Cottage Wells

March 19, 2020

So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. My family lived on Hogan Lane behind the Hatchett’s house on La Clede. Mrs. Hatchett was a very sweet lady and will be missed. So very sorry Ronnie, Debbie, Linda and Brenda for your loss.