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Mable P. Hatfield

November 7, 1938 - April 1, 2015

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Mable Ella Parrish Hatfield, affectionately known as "Ganga," passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was 76.

She was born November 7, 1938, in Dale County, the oldest of the 4 children of the late Wilma and Ray Parrish. She graduated from Carroll High School in Ozark in 1957 and attended Wallace Vocational School. Afterwards, she began a 35 year career in Finance and Accounting at Ft. Rucker. She met her husband Bobby while he was stationed at Fort Rucker. They married in 1960 and had two daughters, Susan...

Mable Ella Parrish Hatfield, affectionately known as "Ganga," passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was 76.

She was born November 7, 1938, in Dale County, the oldest of the 4 children of the late Wilma and Ray Parrish. She graduated from Carroll High School in Ozark in 1957 and attended Wallace Vocational School. Afterwards, she began a 35 year career in Finance and Accounting at Ft. Rucker. She met her husband Bobby while he was stationed at Fort Rucker. They married in 1960 and had two daughters, Susan and Sandra. Their loving marriage of 17 years was cut short after Bobby's unexpected death of a heart attack in 1977 at the age of 42. When asked why she never remarried, she would say that Bobby was the love of her life and her priority then was to raise her daughters. After she retired, she moved to Dothan to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She was a lifelong and faithful member of the Daleville First United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, UMW president, and Chairperson of the Administrative Board as well as the PPR committee.

She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first and her family second. The following loves all ran a tight race for third: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, sweet tea, peanut butter, chocolate, the beach, the color green, the number 7, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, the Atlanta Braves, banana popsicles, rainbows, lighthouses, wind chimes, bowling, crocheting, reading, cryptograms, walking and traveling. She had traveled abroad and had been to 47 of the 50 states. Her traveling companions were her sisters Bettie and Mary Ann.

She loved to read to her grandsons David, Drew and Jacob when they were little and attend their sporting events and school and church programs as they grew up. She was a dedicated note writer, whether it be a thank you note or a note of encouragement or congratulations; and she treasured and kept every card, letter or note ever given to her. She loved bells and had collected over 300 from her travels, as well as some given to her by family and friends for special occasions. She had a cabinet specially built in her home to showcase them. She volunteered with Covenant Hospice where she worked in the office, visited with the elderly and played bingo with seniors at various senior citizen centers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her brother Ray Benjamin "Sambo" Parrish, and brother-in-law Eldon Bryant.

She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters and sons-in-law Susan and Lan Darty, Derek and Sandra Sauls, grandsons David and Drew Darty, Jacob Sauls, sister Bettie Davis Bryant, sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Louie Jenkins, several nieces and nephews and three lifelong friends Betty Childree, Betty Langston and Herbert Harrison. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff on Willow Way at Westside Terrace.

Her family believes she is now reunited with her husband, brother and parents enjoying a glass of sweet tea and maybe even some peanut butter crackers. Roll Tide!

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday April 6, 2015 at Byrd Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kyle Gatlin and Rev. John McCullough officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowlawn Memorial Park, Enterprise, with Byrd Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Monday in the parlor at Byrd Funeral Home. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Center, 1314 Westgate Parkway Suite 2, Dothan, Alabama 36303.