Alice May Norton was born on March 29, 1922 to Lemuel Alanson and Olive May Lish Norton in Portland Oregon. She was the second youngest of 8 siblings. In her early life, the family traveled around the west for work as fruit pickers, at times living in tents during the Great Depression. She made friends wherever they moved.
When she was 18, her sister Julia was on a mission in the western states and needed a companion. Alice was given permission to go and serve with her. Julia was interested in Alice meeting a certain Elder Hatch from Springville Utah who was also on the same mission. As was the tradition in those days, the missionaries would write messages on the back of their mission pictures and give them to each other. These are the words that Alice wrote to Elder Hatch.
Dear Elder Hatch, It has been a pleasure and a privilege knowing such a fine fellow. I hope that our friendship may last forever and continue to grow. I had heard so much about you before we met that it seemed like we were renewing an old friendship instead of meeting for the first time. May our Father in Heaven always bless you and may you find happiness and success in all that you do.
Sister Alice Norton
Los Angeles, California”
Lyle Davis Hatch would move to California where Alice lived and begin to court her. They were married on February 17, 1942 in the St. George Utah Temple. Out of that union were born 7 children. Alice and Lyle were the loves of each others lives and were very dedicated to each other and to their family. They loved walking on the beach together in San Luis Obispo, California
Alice was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She loved the gospel where she served in many callings including Relief Society President while Lyle served as Branch President in California where they lived until 1969. Then they moved to Utah to take care of Lyle's parents as they were aging and needed more help.
She was an amazing Visiting Teacher and Minister and cared deeply for those she served. She loved to go to the temple even though it became so difficult as her body began to fail. She was an avid reader and especially loved The Book of Mormon and always had it open.
Alice always said that one of her favorite times of life with her husband were the years they spent on their Senior Mission in Quincy Illinois during 1988-89. Another highlight was their trip to the Holy Land that was very inspiring to them both.
Her family was the joy of her life and she was loving and giving to all who belonged to her. She was so proud of all the missionaries that the family produced as well as those that served our country in The Armed Services.
Alice was amazing at painting and was a talented artist. She did Brazilian Embroidery and many of our homes are graced by her talents.
She had a quick wit and kept it to the very end of her sweet life. She will be truly missed by all who knew her. We love you, until we join you in heaven, keep painting us beautiful skies.
Survived by her children: Ronald Lyle Hatch, Janice Lorraine Nicol, Kathleen Ann Campbell, Stephen Randall Hatch, Melvin Gene Hatch (Joni), Mark Jeffrey Hatch (Diane), Gary Michael Hatch (Janet), and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Proceeded in death by Her husband Lyle Davis Hatch, Daughter-in-Law Ria, Daughter-in-Law Melanie and Grandson Neal Hatch. Siblings Velma, Julia, Eva, George, Dell, Ralph and Harold.
Services will be at the Sundberg-Olpin Funeral Home Saturday February 1, 2020. Viewing 12 noon until 12:45 p.m. Funeral Service 1:00 pm. Interment at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.
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