Mary Hatfield

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Mary Virginia Moore Hatfield died suddenly on September 30, 2017. She had just recently turned 80. Mary was born to Eugene Wilson Moore and Marguerite Montgomery Moore on September 24, 1937. She was born and raised in Harrison Arkansas and met Lynn Hatfield at Harrison High School. They were married in May of 1956. In 1968, Mary and Lynn moved to Lubbock, Texas, where Lynn joined the Texas Tech faculty in the Department of Physics. Mary received her Master’s Degree in Medieval English literature from Texas Tech University and taught language and literature in that department for over 20 years.
Mary was always vitally involved in the greater community of Lubbock, concentrating her energies on social programs that help improve lives. She spent many years volunteering for Reading Is Fundamental and was very committed to the Girl Scouts, serving on the local board for many years, and recognized with the Girl Scout Women of Distinction Award. She loved the outdoors and all creatures great and small. Mary organized and served as president for the Humane Society of West Texas for over a decade and proudly placed many furry friends with grateful families throughout the region. In her honor, the Human Society of West Texas has established the annual Mary V Hatfield Service to Animals Award. Mary was also a great defender of human rights and remained active in the Democratic Party throughout her life. In 2004, Mary was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention in Boston and a founding member of Texas Democratic Women, South Plains Chapter. She also served as a Lubbock County precinct chair and as the SDEC Representative to the Texas Democratic Party for West Texas.
Mary is survived by her husband, Lynn; her children, Greg, Chris, and Ginny; and her grandchildren, William and Tatum. She is also survived by her brothers, Wilson and Jeff, her sisters-in-law, Patty, BJ, and Kay, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends.
There will be a viewing and visitation at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd Street, Lubbock, Texas, on Friday, October 6, from 6 to 8 PM. There will also be a Celebration of Life on Saturday October 7, from 2 to 5 PM at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Ave. K. A tribute of Mary’s life may be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family suggest that memorial donations be made to: Lubbock County Democratic Headquarters Trust, West Texas Humane Society, and/or Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains.


12 thoughts on “Mary Hatfield”

  1. Dear Lynn,
    I am sorry to hear about Mary’s passing, and would like to extend my sincere condolences to you and your family.
    I am currently at a conference in Lyon (France), so I won’t be able to attend the wake and visitation planned or the next few days.
    Nazzi will represent our family.

    Best wishes for coping with this loss

  2. Dear Lynn,
    My deep condolences to you and to your family. I remember well Mary jumped in to the pool and saved my younger daughter from near drowning. That must be years ago. Our family is still very grateful about that. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Cheng’s Family

  3. Dear Lynn and family, Nita and I are deeply saddened by Mary’s passing. She was a wonderful Lady with deep compassion and conviction. We will always remember the interest she took in Cody. Much love and prayers from the Cleavelin’s.

  4. Dear Lynn and family,
    Susan and I send our sincere condolences to all of you for your loss.
    Sincerely, Mark Holtz

  5. I’ve lived long enough to know
    that life is short.
    . . . met enough people to know
    that some are special.
    . . . lost friends enough to know
    that memories can help.

    Good friends make us better than we are.
    Mary made me feel — for a lunch,
    an evening, a dinner, a conversation —
    at ease, honest, liked, alive,
    content, happy, engaged, loved.

    We left Lubbock thirty years ago.
    I have long missed Mary
    . . . long known that she made our years in Lubbock good years.

    Lynn, Ginny, Chris, and Greg,
    thank you for sharing your wife/mother with us,
    Paul, Mary Anne, Paulo, Denise, and Chris – the Specks

  6. Mary made a huge difference in my life. She touched so many in so many ways. I think of her often with joy. She made this world a better place for all creatures great and small. Prayers for her family. May God bless.

  7. The World has lost a Hero! When you saw Mary you saw the pure definition of “LOVE”. She will be so missed. Her great deeds for animals and betterment of all is her legacy. Love to her family and friends. My thoughts and my prayers go to you all.

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