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Jacquelyn Hatt(1927 - 2013)

Jacquelyn McElwee Hatt, 86, passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Memorial service: 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ridglea Presbyterian Church preceded by a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. in Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Jacquelyn was born May 6, 1927, in Homer, La. She and her sisters performed as a musical trio and were known as the McElwee Sisters in East Texas on stage and the radio. She attended Kilgore Junior College where she was a Rangerette and received a BS in music from Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University). A resident of Fort Worth since 1953 she was an active member of Ridglea Presbyterian Church, serving in the choir, as a pianist, and in the Women of the Church. She brought the gift of music to others both as a public school teacher and as a piano teacher for more than 25 years. But her greatest achievements may have been as a wife and mother and as Grandmommy. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Fenwick George Hatt Jr.; her parents, Beulah Mae Hughes Gage and Richard McElwee; her stepfather, Edwin L. Gage; and her sisters, Rosemary Mullins and Florence Bass. Survivors: Daughters, Jeannine Hatt Phelps and husband, Chuck, Julie McCarty and husband, Terry, Joellen Stenger and husband, John, and Mary Jane Stenger and husband, Joe; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum, 1289 N. Second St., Abilene, Texas 79601, 12tharmoredmuseum.com.

Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 3, 2013
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