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Dorothy Hiatt - May 16, 2010


Dorothy Frances (Leonard) Hiatt, 95, of Mitchell, Neb. was born Nov. 15, 1914 to Franklin and Stella (Shonkweiler) Leonard on a farm near Eldorado, Neb. She died May 16, 2010 at Mitchell Care Center.

Dorothy grew up in Eldorado, attending school there from first through 10th grade. She then attended grades 11 and 12 in Harvard, Neb., graduating in 1932. Farm life suited Dorothy and she learned many skills from both parents which would serve her the rest of her life.

On June 22, 1934 Dorothy married Everett Hiatt, and to this union three children were born: Reva Rae, Bruce Doyle and Marc Randall.

Everett and Dorothy began their married life on a farm near Eldorado, not far from where she grew up. In 1940, they moved to Eldorado where Everett managed the Farmers Co-Op Oil Company. A year later, in 1941, the family moved to Pocatello, Idaho where Everett was assistant manager of the Co-Op Oil Company. In 1942, another move took them to Moscow, Idaho where Everett managed the Latah County Grain Growers Oil Company. During this time, Everett was also a member of the Idaho State Guard.

They returned to their first love, farming, after World War II when they moved to Sedgwick to a wheat farm they purchased. Dorothy and Everett farmed together until a bad knee forced Everett to give up farming in 1964. They then moved to Holyoke where Everett became administrator for the nursing home. He was employed there from 1965-1979. Dorothy worked with him every day until they retired, working as personnel director and medical records clerk.

In September 2008, Dorothy moved to Mitchell to be near her family. In the past year, health concerns required her to live in Mitchell Care Center. She resided there until the time of her death.

Dorothy accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was active in church life wherever she lived. She was an active member of Holyoke Christian Church, as well as the Gideon’s Auxiliary for many years.

In her later years she also served in several capacities of AARP.

Dorothy was an excellent cook and enjoyed gardening and reading. Her gift for hospitality in their home found them hosting many visiting preachers, missionaries and musical groups. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as a good friend to many. She will be greatly missed by all.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; parents, Franklin and Stella Leonard; older brother, Millard; and older sister, Hazel.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Reva Griffith and husband Dillard of Mitchell, Bruce Hiatt and wife Carolyn of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Marc Hiatt and wife Teresa of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Baraket of Thornton, David Griffith and wife Kathy of Kearney, Neb., Suzanne Rogers and husband Todd of Scottsbluff, Neb., Rebecca Smith and husband Bryan of Lincoln, England, Kevin Hiatt and wife Jennifer of Naples, Fla., Barry Hiatt and wife Stephanie of Savannah, Ga., Sharla Snow and husband Eric of Asheville, N.C., Levon Hiatt and wife Jennifer of Lawrence, Kan. and Erica Wilson and husband Brandon of Overland Park, Kan.; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Vivian Aspergren of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Ruth Beckner of San Bernardino, Calif.; brother Kenneth Leonard of Florence, Ore.; sister-in-law, Evelyn Keasling of Holyoke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private service for immediate family members was held May 20. The memorial service was held May 21 at First Christian Church in Holyoke with Pastor Lou Encinias officiating. Baucke Funeral Home assisted with the service.

Memorials in Dorothy’s name may be made to Cookson Hills Christian Ministries, RR #3, Box 200, Kansas, OK 74347.