Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brown Hatter,
84, of Emmitsburg, died peacefully
at her home on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004.
Mrs. Hatter was preceded in death
by her husband, Ralph Leonard Hatter
Born on April 13, 1919 in
Foxville, she was the daughter of
the late Earl and Ida Mae Bush
Mrs. Hatter was a member of Mt.
Moriah Lutheran Church in Foxville
and St. Anthony's Shrine of
In her early years Mrs. Hatter
worked with her husband Ralph in
organizing the United Auto Workers
Union at Glen L. Martin Aircraft Co.
She was a lifelong Democrat, and
formerly served on the Democratic
Central committee and also served as
vice president of the New Frontier
Democratic Women's Club of
Mary was an avid writer of poetry
and short stories, as well as an
accomplished musician, playing the
guitar, piano and organ.
A tireless woman, blessed with
beauty and courage, Mrs. Hatter was
a devoted mother and grandmother and
a very proud great-grandmother. A
special person who will be missed by
her family and many friends.
Survivors include six children,
Janet Mask of Waynesboro, Pa.,
Mary-Jo Birgensmith of Holiday,
Fla., Loretta Blevins of the home in
Emmitsburg, Joan Schreiber of Goose
Creek, S.C., Ralph L. Hatter of
Grange, Idaho, and Edgar J. Hatter
of Sabillasville; 11 grandchildren;
eight great-grandchildren; a
brother, Charlie M. Brown of
Hagerstown; and many nieces and
She will also be remembered by a
special friend, Brother Seraphim of
the Franciscan Friars of Emmitsburg.
The family will receive friends
on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004 from 2 to
4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Stauffer
Funeral Home, 104 E. Main St.,
Funeral service will be held on
Friday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. in Mt.
Moriah Lutheran Church, Foxville,
with the Rev. Julie Brigham
Interment will follow in Brown
Family Cemetery, Foxville.
Bearers will be Lenny Zentz,
Joseph Wagerman, Patrick J. O'Toole,
U.S.M.C., Tony Wagerman, Joey
Wagerman and Kyle O'Toole.