Esther Mae Thompson Hatsell

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Esther Mae Thompson Hatsell of Clifton passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Clifton Sunset Ministries. Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 30 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Norse with the Rev. Ruth Hetland officiating. Burial will follow in Norse Cemetery. Esther Hatsell was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Clifton, to Theodore and Clara Amundson Thompson. She was the youngest of nine children. She attended Turkey Creek School and graduated from high school in 1940. She attended St. Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing in Dallas receiving her diploma of nursing and then continued her education through the University of Texas receiving her Bachelor and Master’s degrees. She served several years in the United States and Japan as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Nurse’s Corps. She was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1958. Esther and “Ed” Atticus Hagood Hatsell, Jr. were wed in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in 1955. They lived in North Carolina and Texas. No children were born to their marriage, but they both loved their dogs. After her husband’s death in 1978, she returned to Texas and built her home close to the home where she was raised in Norse. She and her dogs enjoyed visiting relatives in the area. Esther was very active in the Clifton Garden Club. She was also a judge at numerous flower shows. She made beautiful rose and iris arrangements from flowers grown in her yard. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Clarence, Alvin, Tobie, James, and Claude; and sisters, Clarice, Alma, and Thelma. She is survived by eight nieces and nephews including Gerald Bronstad, Carol Ann Pitts, Dorothy McLane, Lynn Bowers, Caroline Struck, Helen Musick, J.R. Hakes, and Jimmy Hakes. Clifton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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