Nov. 1939 - Oct. 12, 2020
On October 12, 2020, Lala Hatcher passed away from multiple illnesses in Tulsa with family members by her side.
In November, 1939, a little spitfire was born to Dewey and Rachel in Wapanucka, Oklahoma.
Lala learned the value of hard work from her mother and in her teen years, if there was a dance you would find her there! She married young and two beautiful daughters, Debbie and Renee, came from this marriage. She attended East Central University in Ada and graduated from the SMU School of Banking. She would read anything she could get her hands on. She would laughingly tell people she even read the Yellow Pages in the telephone book cover to cover. Wherever she went and lived, she made many life-long friends and knew the true value of being a friend. She never met a stranger and she always knew how to work a room.
She started her banking career in Altus as a teller with National Bank of Commerce and worked her way up to Vice President and Loan Officer. She was active in the Western Oklahoma Bankers Association and Financial Women International as well as the Oklahoma Bankers Association. Her banking career took her from Altus to Sayre to Enid to Elk City. After retiring from banking, she served on the doctor recruiting team for Great Plains Regional Hospital in Elk City. She retired for the second time in 2009 and moved to Oklahoma City, but continued as a banking consultant for several years. In Oklahoma City she was active in P.E.O. and joined the Oklahoma Hospitality Club where she held several offices on the board.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jack and Dwain Dennis. Lala is survived by her daughters Debbie Cogburn and husband Ricky Cogburn of Garvin, Renee Yount of Tulsa and step-daughter, Debbie Higdon of KY; grandchildren, Brandon Amore, Sheldon Thorne, Chasson Thorne, Shannon Thorne, Blair Kralick and Brie Kralick; eight great-grand-children as well as many nieces, nephews and special friends. A private family celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Her family requests that donations to the Sjogren's Foundation or the American Lung Association
can be made in her honor.