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PATRICIA ANNE (HALL) HATHAWAY

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Patricia Anne (Hall) Hathaway died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, surrounded by her family and pets, at her home. Patti was born March 25, 1934, in Edwardsville, Ill., She was the middle daughter of Thelma (Chandler) Hall and Leo Maurice Hall of Troy, Ill. Patricia left the Midwest at a daringly young age to enjoy the music and lifestyle of New Orleans. There she lived in the French Quarter, where she had a modeling career and was a hostess at Diamond Jim Brady’s before meeting her future husband, U.S. Air Force Lt. Donald Foss Hathaway. Don and Patti married in 1954, in Selma, Ala. During a visit to the Hathaway family home in Island Falls, young Donald’s friends and neighbors were joyfully overwhelmed by the new bride’s beauty, and with her kindness and sophistication. During the next 24 years their family grew to include six children. The Hathaway family lived all over the U.S. as Donald continued his Air Force career. From 1965 to 1967 Patti and her family had the memorable experience of living at the Air Force base in Kadena, Okinawa. Other stops along the way included Kansas, Texas, California, New Mexico, Illinois, Arizona and Maine. An adventurous and accomplished cook, Patti introduced her extended clan to saffron rice, curry, spring rolls, stir fry and tacos during a time when this fare was truly exotic. She was ahead of her time in matters of style and taste, and created comfortable, welcoming and lovely homes in each of the places she and her family lived. Patti opened her home to all of her children’s friends and while living in Tucson, Ariz., the family grew to include foster brother, Dan Cerepanya. She was an avid gardener, quilter and craftsperson who became accomplished at virtually everything she tried. Patti was a drummer in high school, and delighted in the music of the younger members of her family, as well as the swinging sounds of new jazz, blues and R&B. Music was an important part of her life and she imparted this love to all her children. She was predeceased by her son, Craig Campbell Hathaway; and sister, Lila Lee (Hall) Andrews. Patricia Hathaway is survived by her children, Alan, Keely, Karen and Crista Hathaway and her adopted son, Dan Cerepanya, all of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Eric Hathaway and his wife, Kimberly, of Canton, Conn. She found joy and great pride in her grandchildren, Ian and Gaia Hathaway, Hayley Hathaway and McCrae Hathaway, Aaron Hathaway and the youngest, Ryan and Alba Hathaway. Patti enjoyed the love and support of her sisters, Elvira (Hall) Fletcher of Sugarland, Texas, and Maxine Rorer of Kansas City, Miss.; as well as the children of Donald’s second marriage to Katharine (Fenton) Hathaway, William and Anna Hathaway. Her best friend, Dorothy Roeder, was a great source of love, caring and important conversation throughout Patti’s adult life. Her family and all who knew Patti were inspired by her kindness, her knowledge of so many things, her incredible strength, and the tremendous love she shared with those who were lucky enough to come into her life. Patti’s wishes were that no service be held. Her family will spread her ashes at sea where her beloved son’ Craig’s ashes were spread 22 years ago. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to American Lung Association. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels, Santa Barbara, Calif.


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