Suzann Barney Hatch, 77, passed away February 26, 2018 in St. George. She was born June 19, 1940 in Panguitch to Elliot Leaon and Velma Sandin Barney. While growing up, Suzann had the opportunity to be raised in Hatch, Cedar City, Richfield and then finally back to Panguitch when she was a sophomore. She graduated from Panguitch High School in 1958. On July 28, 1958 she married her high school sweetheart, Claude Hatch, in Henderson, NV.
Suzann had a strong love for life with a mischievous look in her eye that showed her enthusiasm towards seeking adventure. She was fun, loving, and had a very out-going personality. She was involved in various groups and clubs while growing up, but had a very strong love and talent for music. While living in Richfield, Suzann would perform and sing a variety of musical numbers on the radio. This musical talent and strength continued to follow her throughout life. She enjoyed playing the accordion, organ and piano, and was asked to perform during many social events and gatherings for several years. Some fond memories were gathering around the organ to sing songs as everyone joined in. She loved music and carried it with her wherever she went.
Suzann had a love of learning and expressed an interest in knowing anyone who she came into contact with. She spent many years working in the Panguitch LDS Hospital for and with Dr. Mason. She then worked for Garfield Memorial Hospital where she was over the business office until she retired. She was accepting of everyone, was empathetic, a hard worker, showed quality leadership skills and was exceptionally strong willed as she faced life with trials that she endured.
Suzann was family oriented and that was her number one concern in life. She loved spending time with all of her children and grandchildren and she especially enjoyed rocking babies while she sang songs to them. She was very nurturing. She expressed concern and compassion for others and always put their needs before her own. She loved everyone and could see the positive that each person possessed. She was one to always boost others’ spirits. She was a member of the LDS Church and had a strong testimony of the Gospel.
Survived by her husband, Claude; children: Millard Claude Hatch, Michele (Leland) Pollock, Claude Barney (Vanna) Hatch, and Ann (Justin) Hatch; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; brother Vermon S. Barney.
Preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Lola Henrie, Miles Barney, Madalene Middleton, and Blaine Barney.
Graveside services and interment will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 12:00 Noon in the Panguitch Cemetery. A visitation will be held in the Panguitch 2nd Ward Chapel from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com