Swanee Hatch, 72, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Mesa, AZ after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Swanee was born to Tom and Nellie Wheeler on March 4, 1946 in Phoenix, AZ. She was raised in Tempe, AZ and graduated from Tempe High School, as did all 5 of her children. While attending ASU, she met Jerry K. Hatch and in 1966 they were married in the Mesa, AZ temple. Swanee and Jerry raised their 5 children in Tempe. Swanee is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jerry K. Hatch; children, Holly and Michael Rogers, Brian and Marta Hatch, Derek and Elizabeth Hatch, Jolyn and Christopher McLaughlin, and Jeron and Ann Hatch; 20 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren, with a third due in January. She is also survived by her sister, Maureen Speed.
Swanee was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served within various organizations of the church. Her whole life was spent quietly serving those around her. She loved her family and supported them in all the activities they were involved in. She loved cooking, sewing, gardening, reading, and visiting with friends and family. After her kids were all graduated from high school, she drove a school bus for the Tempe School District. Swanee was greatly loved by all who knew her and will be missed, especially by her family. She was a true example of love and service.
We’d like to give a loving thank you to Marilyn and Kim Willis and their staff at Heart Prints Residential Care Home for their loving care these past two years, as well as Dr. Owensby and her staff at Hospice at Home of Arizona for the loving care and support they have given over the past several years.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:00am, with a visitation prior to the service at 9:00am. The service and viewing will both be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1221 West Howe Street, Tempe, Arizona 85281. Interment will be Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Snowflake Cemetery at 11:30am.