Clara Alice (Lutz) Hathaway, 89, former resident of Hudson, Kansas died peacefully after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's on December 9, 2016 at her residence in West Melbourne, Fl. Born on March 23, 1927, she was a native Kansan who was raised on a farm near St. John, Ks. On May 3, 1946 she married Omar (Dean) Hathaway just after his discharge from Naval service in World War II. Clara and Dean had two children, a son who died during premature child birth and a daughter who was born in October 1947.
In 1948, Dean re-enlisted and the couple moved to Shreveport, Ls. They remained in the U.S. Army/Air Force until 1953 and subsequently relocated to Haysville, Ks until 1963. During this time, Clara pursued a career in accounting with the Federal Government and also worked for the IRS. In 1963, they moved to McCook, Ne. and six months later to Hudson Ks. Throughout their lifetime, (to and from Kansas) Dean's mom and dad (Elmer and Dora Hathaway) and two brothers families (Mervin and Vert, Daryl and Connie) often lived close by and Vert, Connie and Clara developed close relationships. In 1965 they relocated to Anchorage, Alaska and two years later to Bangkok, Thailand, where Clara was Chief Accountant — a supervisory position for the army. In 1969 they headed to Washington, D.C. Along their life journey, there were ports between Washington, D.C. and Florida prior to landing in Bell, Fl. In 1993 they moved to Ardmore, Al. near Dean's brother and then returned to Kansas in 2008. Roughly a year later they moved to Verona, Pa. to be near their daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughters. In 2014 Clara moved near her daughter in West Melbourne, Fl.
Clara was the second of six children and is survived by her youngest sister, Annetta Schwalm. She is the beloved mother of Peggy Robinson; the loving grandmother of Diane McDade and great-grandmother of Jessica Stanard, Caitlyn, Madison and Molly McDade of New Kensington, Pa. Clara is also survived by aunts, many nieces, cousins and friends who were always welcome in her home. She is preceded in death by her husband (Omar [Dean] in 2010), her first child (Robert Lee), father and mother (Ernest and Kathryn Lutz), sisters (June, Mary and Ernesteen) and brother (Eldon).
The family will be celebrating her wonderful life with a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on April 28, 2018 at the St. John Cemetery, St. John, Ks. Please join the family in Hudson, Ks. at the end of the service at the Hudson City Hall to remember this beautiful woman.