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TORSET, HATTIEDARLENE ADRIENNE (SAWYER)  
October 4, 1932 - August 23, 2015 Hattiedarlene Adrienne (Sawyer) Torset, 82 of Mt. Vernon went to be with her Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2015. She was born in Mt. Vernon, WA on October 4, 1932, the daughter of William Eugene and Bessie (Soderman) Sawyer. She was raised and educated in Skagit County and lived here all but 2 years of her life which she spent in Marysville, WA. After graduating from Burlington-Edison High School in 1950, she married Elmer Torset on March 16, 1951 and they made their home in Mt. Vernon. Hattie's father died suddenly in 1942 when she was 9, and as many young people did then to help, she worked on farms in the berries, bulbs, and potatoes. After graduation, she worked in retail in Mt. Vernon, was a homemaker for several years, then later, for the MV Schools in the Special Services office , and in real estate in the late 70's until retired by a back injury. She loved to read; study the Bible and was a poet from a young child finding encouragement to write in grade school, and for the High School paper and annual. At one time for a few years in the 1960's while at home, she edited, and wrote for the old, "Sonnets and Satire" column, containing the prose and verse submitted to her by local writers and published in the Skagit Valley Herald. Her joy to write in later years were loving letters and emails of encouragement to "keep the faith" to friends, family, and especially her grandchildren, who also received an occasional "Grandma's Proverb" tucked into birthday or Christmas cards. An active church member all her life, she had warm memories of the Fir Conway Lutheran Church when very young, and over 77 years since 1938, as a member of Viewcrest Assembly of God now Citipoint Church, from its roots as Evangel Tabernacle, at the age of 6 years old to the present. She served in the Sunday School as a teacher beginning at the age of 17 with the 3 years old, and as a leader and teacher for over 40 years. She led Women's Ministries in Aglow International, and in the church; sang in the choir, joined prayer and Bible study groups, served on the social committees and prayer chain. Hattie was always a supporter of missionaries. She participated in missions programs, committees and projects to Irian Jaya, India, Africa, orphanages in Europe, Japan, and of special interest in later years were Bibles for China and other foreign countries, the projects of Skagit Construction Fellowship to churches in Mexico and Honduras; and the LA Dream Center, and Operation Christmas Child. Hattie and Elmer enjoyed travel, sometimes with friends or family members. Hawaii and Florida and the Bahamas were special anniversaries; 5 weeks in Europe and Israel with daughter Kim and a group of MVHS students and counselors in 1979; and an extended trip to Scandinavia meeting relatives in the birthplaces of parents and grandparents. Hattie and Elmer made numerous trips to CA and Nevada to visit children, grandchildren, friends and cousins, which she continued to do on her own after his death. Her trips included South Dakota with granddaughter, Debbie, and tracing her families past in North Dakota and Minnesota and joining her children and grandchildren on trips and a cruise. In 2005 she began spending time in Florence, Arizona in the winter months. She counted herself a miracle survivor of many serious health challenges, who by the grace of God lived a full and rewarding life, and blessed with wonderful family and friends. Hattie is survived by 3 of her 4 children, 1 son Randy of Sedro Woolley; and 2 daughters and sons-in-laws, Julie and Bill Hendershot of Mt. Vernon, and Joe and Kim Woodmansee of Sedro Woolley. 10 grandchildren: Debra (Tom) Jones of Sioux Falls, SD; Denise (Gary) Gaggens of Anacortes, WA; Kelly (Debbie) Hendershot of Windsor, CA; Tony(Janett) Torset of Sacramento, CA; Sandra (Mike) McCaskey of Lantana, TX; Paul (LeAnn) Woodmansee and Tim (Lexie) Woodmansee of Mt. Vernon, James Woodmansee of Sedro Woolley, WA; Dezirae Torset of Longview, WA and Angela Torset of Mt. Vernon; Great Grandchildren: Lisa Lemond (Walter Cuculic) of Denver, CO; Austin (Paula) Lemond of Denver, CO; Nicole Hendershot of Mt. Vernon, WA; Derek Ralph of Sedro Woolley, WA Christian and Andre Gonzalez of Longview, WA and Ashley, Ryan and Dylan Douglas and twin sisters McCaskey of Lantana, TX; Chase Woodmansee, Kyler Woodmansee, Grady Woodmansee, and Claire Woodmansee all of Mt. Vernon, WA. Rex Woodmansee of Sedro Woolley, WA; one sister-in-law Olive Torset and numerous nieces and nephews. Hattie was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Torset in 1997; her parents William and Bessie Sawyer, 4 brothers Bill Sawyer Jr., Charles Sawyer, David Sawyer and Bob Sawyer; her sister, Virginia Scott; her son, Jerry Torset, nieces Marilyn Locke and Midge Scott and nephews Bill and Walt Scott, Tom Sawyer, Duane and Mickey Torset; and several brother-in laws and sister-in-laws and extended family members. Viewing will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at Hawthorne Funeral Home. A celebration of Hattie's life will be held Thursday, September 3, 2015, 11:00 am at Christ the King, 830 N 16th St. Mount Vernon, Pastor Ron Smith officiating, followed by a reception at the church. The graveside service will follow the reception at Hawthorne Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to: Gideons International, Citipoint Church 3302 Cedardale Rd D100 Mount Vernon, WA 98274 Please share your thoughts of Hattie and sign the online guest register at www.hawthornefh.com. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, 1825 E College Way, Mount Vernon.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 30, 2015
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