Patricia Ann Hatcher, 62, of Park Hill, OK passed away Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. The daughter of Harold and Betty Hatcher, she was born August 25th, 1953 in Morrilton, AR. She was a graduate of Harding University and worked as a seamstress. Pat is survived by her brother, Ken Hatcher and his wife, Janice of Fort Smith.
Pat worked part time at the Hancock Fabrics store in Fort Smith while in high school. Later she attended Harding College from 1973 to 1975 working Summer's at the fabric store. She graduated from Harding with a Business Administration degree. She was offered an Assistant Managers position at the Midwest City, OK Hancock Fabrics in 1975. In 1976, Pat was promoted to Manager of the south side Hancock Fabrics in Oklahoma City. She managed that store for 12 years before transferring to the Norman, OK store as manager. While a Manager, she conducted sewing classes, Christmas Craft seminars and mentored several young employees who later made their careers in the textile industry. She retired from that position in 2009 capping a 36 year career with Hancock Fabrics
In 2009 she moved to Tupelo, MS to join her friend Chris Hamilton. Together they planned to retire together, sharing expenses and living like the "Golden Girls" of television fame. While in Tupelo, she worked for Davids Bridal store applying her years of sewing knowledge, altering bridal gowns. One of her favorite TV shows was "Say Yes to the Dress" and she found herself assuming the same role as the TV characters.
In 2012, Pat moved to Park Hill, Oklahoma with Chris and they lived in a home in the country with 2 dogs and numerous wildlife. She started a home sewing business called The Sewing Chick and made drapes, children's clothes and did alterations.
Pat was a talented seamstress and could construct clothing with no pattern. She made intricate wedding dresses complete with hand sewn pearl beading, smocked children's dresses and quilts. She loved to make baby quilts and could appliquÃ© names and designs to customize her baby quilts. She also created detailed quilts that depicted nature scenes which could be used as wall hangings
Pats hobbies beyond sewing were reading (she loved a good romance novel), movies, cooking(she made terrific chicken and dumplings), and cards with friends. She loved to "jump in the car" and go somewhere and pick up a Diet Coke with real cherry flavoring. She and her friend Joan would spend warm summer nights after work driving thru Norman neighborhoods admiring homes and window treatments. Pat loved to travel and visited Europe during her college years and then returned to England twice in later years.
A memorial service will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, June 17, 2016, at Brents Cemetery near
Cleveland, Arkansas (3452 Arkansas 124, Cleveland, AR). Jim Bob Humphrey will officiate. Cremation Arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. (www.humphreyfuneral.com)
Cleveland, AR, 72030