Published in The Hanford Sentinel on March 30, 2013 Hanford CA.
Frances Edna Hathaway was born December 4, 1918 in Helena, Montana to Frances M. (Freyler) and Earl Adrian Wickersheirn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 32 years; Milton L. Hathaway, her siblings; Winifred Shimel, Dorothy Parker, Phyllis Elmore, Earl Wickersheim, Joan Davis, 2 granddaughters; Lynn Longmire & JoDee Morgan and a son-in-law; Jack Manley.Edna stood out in a crowd; she touched many lives and gave of herself in so many ways to friends as well as her churches and family.
Over the years Edna’s club and community involvements were with; Emblem Club of Hanford Elks Lodge, Lucerne Chapter of Eastern Star, Kings County Historical Society, Kings County Commission on Aging, La Casa Garden Club and especially with First United Methodist Churches of Point Richmond and Hanford, California.Edna’s life’s passions included playing the piano since her childhood, she was an avid musician and throughout her life she played the organ in several churches. She had been residing at the Remington Retirement Center where she played the piano daily for the residents, and the organ for their church services She enjoyed playing many games; Bridge, Cribbage, Scrabble, various board games and pleasure trips to the casino. Edna was recruited by residents of the Remington to instruct them in the game of bridge.Edna was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed camping and hunting with her husband, children, family and friends. After the passing of her husband in 1970, she continued their dream and built a chalet cabin in South Lake Tahoe. Over the 18 years she was there, she welcomed her family and friends who marveled at her ability to endure the harsh winter weather. She traveled to numerous countries over the years, including, France, Germany, China, Russia, The Netherlands, Australia, and countless trips to the Hawaiian Islands, her favorite. Hawaii afforded her the opportunity to swim in the ocean every day and play bridge with friends she traveled with or met on her trips. She referred to Hawaii as her “”Winter Spa””. She attended concerts and thrived on the Hawaiian culture, tropical flora and music. All this while her home in South Lake Tahoe was covered in snow.
She is survived by her children; Ann Kissling (Chris) of Hanford, California and Les Hathaway (Sandi) of Jackson, California, grandchildren; Jeff Longmire of Fair Oaks, California, Laurie Bolt (Dave) of Hanford, California, Leslie Paul Hathaway of Dunnigan, California, Michael Hathaway of San Jose, California and Terry Morgan of Rio Vista, California. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-granddaughters. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many friends she has made over her many years!A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church; 505 N. Redington Street, Hanford, CA 93230 559-584-4075. A Second Memorial Service has been arranged on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Point Richmond First United Methodist Church; 201 Martina Street, Richmond, CA 94801 510-236-0527. Family and friends are invited to visit http://www.peoplesfuneralchapel.com to view Edna’s legacy, send condolences and flowers to the family. Donations may be sent to your charity of choice in Edna’s memory.Services are under the direction of People’s Funeral Chapel, 501 N. Douty Street,Hanford, CA 93230, 559-584-5591. Published in The Hanford Sentinel on March 30, 2013