Elizabeth Hatter, 96, Sidney, MT

Funeral services for Elizabeth Hatter, 96, Sidney, MT, will be Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, at 1 p.m. at the Squaw Gap Community Center, Homesteaders Gap, ND, with Pastor Tim Tharp officiating. A luncheon will follow the service for a time of fellowship and stories. Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Fulkerson-Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, MT. A friends and family service was held Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, at 6 p.m. at the Fulkerson-Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, MT. Elizabeth will be laid to rest at Sunnyside Cemetery, Trotters, ND. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT, is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at http://www.fulkersons.com.

Elizabeth Hatter peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, at Sidney Health Center, Sidney, MT, with family by her side.

Elizabeth was born Aug. 16, 1927, to Joe and Florence (Kightlinger) Wheeling. She attended Shadwell School and further graduated from Sidney High School, where she had many classmates who remained close throughout the years. Upon graduation, Elizabeth attended one year of business college in Fargo, ND, before returning home to the ranch in Squaw Gap.

On Nov. 11, 1947, Elizabeth married Russell (Jack) Hatter. They made their home in Spring Creek, three miles north of Squaw Gap. Their house was an old granary shipped out here from Wisconsin in the 1890s and Elizabeth made it a home where they raised their children Perry, David, Patrick, and Mary. Their door was always open to neighborhood children and families as well.

Elizabeth was well known for her homemaking skills! She always had a meal ready for threshing crews, branding crews, family, and anyone who happened to stop by. Meals were at 12 noon and 6 p.m.-Be On Time! Her caramel rolls, buns, bread, lefse, donuts, cookies, and homemade butter were always in demand. Elizabeth always had a big garden from which she spent endless hours canning and sharing. There were always African violets blooming in the kitchen and living room, and her sewing machine was tuned up and ready to patch jeans or sew a quilt.

Teaching life skills was a must in her household. She never turned down the opportunity to go to the school and teach kids how to make butter and homemade ice cream. Her grandchildren remember making lefse, butchering chickens, and enjoying lots of goodies at the kitchen table. You seldom ever left their home without a plate full of tasty treats, and never left hungry.

Elizabeth remained on the ranch after Jack passed away in 2007. She continued to raise chickens, a vast garden, and was known to check her coon traps daily!

Elizabeth: Rest in Peace. Your work on Earth is done!

She is survived by her children Perry, David (Crystal), Patrick (Kay), and Mary, as well as nine grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren. Also, a very special friend, Sandy Metcalf.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; infant brother, Arthur; Brothers, Howard and Clifford; daughter in-law, Kristi; and sister in-law, Amba.

 

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