Iola Aileen Hatch, 89, the youngest of five children of Daniel and Lavinia Meadows, was born Dec. 2, 1912. She died Aug. 17. 2002, Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Her childhood was full of outdoor activity, hunting and fishing with her father and brothers, camping with her family and rough play with the boys at the D.M. Meadows Lumber Co. She graduated from Licking High School in 1931 and Southwest Missouri State College in 1936 with majors in math, science and physical education. At SMS, she was on the track, soccer, hockey, basketball, volleyball and softball teams and president of the Women’s Athletic Association. She married superintendent of the Licking Schools, Joel Hatch April 19, 1937. They had two sons. Mrs. Hatch spent several years in outdoor activities with her family, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Many area residents were in her math classes at Licking High School and her elementary classes at Big Piney School. She and Joel established Shadowmere Forest Farms south of Licking. Among her special experiences were 63 consecutive opening days at Montauk State Park, an evening on the David Letterman Show, a cover story in the Missouri Conservationist, a segment on Missouri Outdoors, a series of first-place medals in archery at the National Senior Olympics and the publication of her life story, “”Aileen, Ozark Pioneering Spirit””. She enjoyed playing cards at Bridgebuilders. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Auga; three brothers, Oberon, Orland and Orban; hus-band and son, Robert. Surviving are one son, Dr. Dan Hatch of Licking; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Services were Aug. 19 at the United Methodist Church in Licking with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. “

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