Martha Hatchett Owens

by | Nov 14, 2014 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach—Martha Hatchett Owens was born at Virginia Beach Hospital on January 4, 1930. A lifelong resident of Virginia Beach, she passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother, friend and inspiration to all who knew her. A devote catholic and a member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Martha was the daughter of Lucy and Russell Hatchett, a former city manager of Virginia Beach.

She was a graduate of Oceana High School and attended Longwood College. Her beauty, sweetness, generosity of spirit and charismatic personality resulted in her being selected as Miss Virginia Beach. These special qualities followed her throughout her life and will be missed by all who loved her.

Martha’s memory will be carried on by her two daughters, Lucy Gardner and her husband Wes, Martha Mednick Glasser and her husband Richard, her grandson Shel John “The warmth of her heart” and her many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her beloved sister, Marsteller, her brothers, William Russell and Ambler Hatchett. The family would like to express their gratitude for the devoted care of Shirley Blandshaw of Jewish Family Service who referred to her as “her lady bird,” and to John Campbell and Steve Brock, who she felt were her sons she never had.

A funeral service was held in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Jewish Family Service or Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 945, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Online condolences may be made to the family at