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1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, ~ARCH 23, 2012 Harvey and Vanita Hatch to celebrate 70 Anniversary on March 27 Submitted by JEANNE HILL LA Oregon; John Hatch and his wife, year, and the following year he out of the wedding two weeks me a fide." After they arrived, Harvey's grandson, Brandan Jody, of Animas, New Mexico; beforehand. They decided to go however, he'd be out of patience and Marilyn Bagwell and her ahead and get married, and then with being the big brother and~ husband, James, of Las Cruces. together or tell her to find a ride home with MARC~dfor the Hidalgo County Herald Harvey and Vanita Pace Hatch, former residents of Hidalgo County, will celebrate their 70th wed- ding anniversary on March 27, 2012. A small an- niversary cel- ebration will be held that night outside Deming, New Mexico. In late July, a more elaborate party will be held where they cur- rently reside, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to cel- ebrate their anni- versary as well as Harvey's 90*h birthday and Vanita's 87th birthday. Harvey was born July 23, 1922, in Virden, New Mexico, and Vanita was born April ~n 1925, also " Virden. They purchased the land. They also owned and operated the Cotton City Grocery off and on for 20 years. Bill Veck once brought a rattlesnake to the restaurant and threw it on the counter for Vanita to cook. She was an ex- cellent seam- stress who made countless West- ern shirts with designer yokes and pearl snaps, a great dancer and horsewoman, so a rattlesnake was no big deal. In 1960, Harvey and Vanita pur- chased a motel in Glenwood Springs, Colo- rado, which they operated for more than ten years. They also man- aged motels in Texas, Califor- nia, and Arkan- sas, as well as they'd have to stay they'd ruin both families. That was the begin- ning of 70 years of banter about how their mar- riage would never last. In 2000, af- ter 58 years of bantering, Harvey and Vanita retired to Elephant Butte, New Mexico, in part because of Vanita's love of fishing. Though they would later come back to the Bootheel and live in Ro- deo, they wanted a few years on the lake. Vanita would back the boat on the trailer up to the lake, and after the boat was un- loaded, she'd push it out to Bagwell.) The pickup died and Harvey couldn't get it started, no matter what he tried. He lost his patience once again, but this time he re- sorted to vio- lence. He got a gun out of his Chevy and blasted several holes in the truck: Duke dropped to the ground, literally rolling in laugh- ter at his friend's display of tem- per. Harvey, on the qther had, found nothing funny about the situationand growled at Duke, "If you don't stop that, I'm going to shoot you, too." Harvey hasn't been out rabbit hunting recently and he hasn't shot any of his vehicles full of holes, but deeper water so he and Vanita ! were married atHarvey and Vanita Pace Hatch on their wedding day, March 27, the Super 8 Harvey could Vanita and Harvey Hatch in 2008, dancing at the wedding still love to go the L.D.S. Church 1942, in Virden, New Mexico. Motel in start it, and then reception of their grandson Brandan Bagwell and Darcy Walter, to dances. There, ~ there on March L o r d s b u r g, she'd swim out in Animas, New Mexico will be no riding 'i 27, 1942. Vanita was still in high They also have 15 grandchildren New Mexico. Vanita became ato the boat. off into the sun- iii school at the time. and 22 great-grandchildren,real estate agent in 1980, li-Retirement has not affected someone else. set for Harvey and Vanita. Look Harvey and Vanita have four Hidalgo County has been censed in New Mexico and Call- Harvey and Vanita's zest for life. Years later, Har'~ey boughtfor Harvey, decked out in Wran- children: Karen Norrick and her home to Harvey and Vanita much fornia. She is still licensed but They are avid sports and music a 1955 Chevy half-ton pickup, glers and boots, to be dancing husband, Randy, of Rodeo, New of their lives. However, Harvey not active, fans, especially of the music of One day he and his good friend with his sweetheart. And Vanita,! Mexico; Pauline Davis and her foundhimself, a year after he _and Harvey and Vanita have al- their talented kids and Duke Kerr, were in the pickup, always looking like a runway husband, Dave, of Central Point, Vanita were married, attheArmy s ways loved horses and once grandkids. They also have rabbit hunting in the Animas model, will be flashing that beau- i] training camp in Wolters, Tex. even owned racehorses. But in loved to dance from the time Valley. (Down the years, Duke tiful smile at her handsome t ~ From 1943 to 1945, he Served his their younger days, they'd race they were young. Once they and Pearl s granddaughter, sweetheart as they dance the night ~/"''-'~. country duringWorldWarlI. As- horses down the streets of moved to the Animas Valley,Darcy Walter, would marry away. ~m, h~l~ signed to the 43~ Infantry Divi- Virden. Even after they were back in the 1940s, they danced y, ot~ o~t. o~ ~ sion, he was sent to the Philip- married and Vanita was preg- at every dafice held there: On t For Appointments call 575.542.8705 or entail hcherald@aznex.nez ,"iiiii i~' pine Islands, where he was First nant, she'd still ride her horse Scout in the Luzon Campaign in bareback and barefoot through the Invasion of Luzon Island. He Virden, until ]aer mother, Elna finished his military career in Ja- Mortensen Pace, and Harvey's pan, serving as company clerk for mother, Julia Maude Croff. six months during the U. S. Oc- Hatch, made her stop. cupation of Japan. Because Vanita was not In 1947, after the war, Harvey quite seventeen when she mar- and Vanita moved from Virden to ried Harvey, both their mothers the Animas Valley,. in the said that the marriage wouldn't Bootheel of New Mexico. Harvey last. Though the invitations began farming his leased land that were made, they almost backed "Eadng healthier is easler than you thlnld It's time to "get your shape"wll some simple guidelines for your plate fruits & vegetables ike at leasthalf your grains whole zt-free or low-fat milk Change up your protein sources e Cut back on sodium, sugars and solid fats Look for this heart when it comes to selecting healthy at select restaurants in Silver City, B yartf, Hu ley, l.o dsbu ji, Mimbres & Rodeo ilK ALGO M[D CAL SLRV CES SUi ZPOItT For more information call HMS Family Support: 575-534-0248 866-633-7773 olr go online at: one occasion, Vanita taught a whole group of boys to dance putting them in a line and danc- ing in front of them. Before Harvey was mar- ried, however, he didn't like to go to a party if his younger sis- ter, June (Hill), was there. Ap- parently, she cramped his style. "If there was a dance at the church, a mile and a half away," June said, "Harvey had to give 4 Photos Same-Day- S Service the Hidalgo Cou~aty Herald-.212 East Motel Drive, Lordsburg, NM 3rolur lw4ge t mr lmtleat ;! 4 i I 'li m ml~I ....... .