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Elaine Harris Hatch, 81, Former Brownsville, Marble Falls, and Kingsland resident Elaine Harris Hatch went to be with the Lord Feb. 25, 2014 in Lakeway, Texas.

Elaine was born Jan. 11, 1933 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Lon and Elizabeth (Libby) Harris.

She grew up in Oklahoma City, attending Putnam City Schools and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Education.

Elaine married Jim Hatch, April 25, 1954. They resided in the Rio Grande Valley for over 32 years- 30 of those years in Brownsville-then moved to the Marble Falls area where they have lived for almost 30 years.

Elaine's career in education spanned more than four decades and touched thousands of students' lives. She taught school in Brownsville for many years and was appointed to and served on multiple education-related state boards and committees. Her gift for working with students and her passion for education was recognized by the numerous awards she received through the years. But it became clear over time that what she really had a gift for was counseling. Elaine earned her Master's degree in counseling from UT-Pan-Am and for the next twenty years helped many children-elementary to high school, from Brownsville to Marble Falls. She finished her career as Assistant to the Superintendent for Marble Falls ISD and was instrumental in the organization and establishment of Faith Academy in Marble Falls.

After retirement, Elaine and Jimmy hit the road! They worked at a dude ranch near Yellowstone National Park where Elaine loved meeting and greeting people from all over the world. Together they had many adventures and much joy in those years travelling and visiting 49 states.

Elaine was a deeply spiritural woman of great faith, always involved with her church, teaching many Sunday School classes through the years. She touched the lives of everyone she met-especially her family. The same compassion and love that made her a great counselor and educator, made her an even better wife, mother grandmother, and friend to so many. Her life lessons and examples of faith, love, selflessness, and devotion live on in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Elaine is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jim Hatch, her brother Jerry Lon Harris of Ardmore, Oklahoma, son Jim Hatch, Jr. and his wife Beverly Dorroh of San Antonio, daughter Susan Petticrew of Missouri City, daughter Bettie Anne Buerk and her husband Tom Buerk of Spicewood, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Mar. 8, 2014
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