Lea Mae Kitchen Hatch passed away peacefully in her home in Tridell, Utah, December 10,
2018, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 91. Lea Mae was born May 20, 1927, in Tridell,
Utah to Joseph Levi and Blanche Cook Kitchen. She was the eighth of eleven children in her
Lea Mae attended Tridell Elementary and then Alterra High School, graduating in 1946. She
grew up on a farm, and spent her days herding cattle, milking cows, riding horses, raising
chickens, and performing all other household chores with her parents and siblings. Her family
was the first in Tridell to have carbide lighting. They had no indoor plumbing.
She met the love of her life, Enes Ray Hatch, while chasing one of her older brothers out of the
house with a pitcher of water. Enes was standing on the porch and saw Lea chase her brother
Lenford. It was love at first sight. Enes and Lea Mae married three months later in the Salt
Lake Temple, in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 17, 1949.
Lea Mae loved being a wife and mother. She and Enes are parents of ten children. They also
opened their home to many foster children who needed special love and care. One special
child, James Nelson, joined the family through the Indian Placement Program, living with the
family for 3 school years. The family loved and adored James.
Lea Mae was the best homemaker ever! She loved to cook, sew clothing, make quilts, can and
preserve foods, grow a garden, and teach her children how to work hard. She was a “stay at
home Mom” and was always there when her children arrived home from school, and they were
always greeted with the aroma of freshly baked bread or cookies. If you slept until 7 am, it was
considered sleeping in by our mom. Our friends were always welcome in our home anytime.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and had an unwavering
testimony of her Savior Jesus Christ and her Father in Heaven. She showed her love of the
gospel in the way she lived her life. She was always willing to help those in need, never judged
others, and served in many positions in the Church, including Primary, Young Women, and
Relief Society. She and her husband also served as temple workers, until health issues arose.
She is survived by her children, Sandra Wallen, Mareta Oaks, Sue Hatch, Christine (Ray)
Martinsen, Kathleen (Dennis) Sharp, Scott (Tammy) Hatch, Carol (Todd) Massey, Brenda,
Connie, and Cynthia, her brothers, Lenford Kitchen, and Weldon (Dona) Kitchen, 33
grandchildren, 86 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband Enes Ray Hatch, her son, Mark Hatch, her great
grandson, Jack Oaks, her parents, Joseph Levi and Blanche Kitchen, her siblings, Lazelle
(Chuck) Glines, Virginia (Owen) Goodrich, Levi (Annie) Kitchen, Frances (George Bartlett), Belva
(Don) Chamberlain, Melvin (Verda), Norman Kitchen, and Maxine Kitchen Benedict, and her
We as a family are so thankful for her life with us, and so blessed to have been influenced by
such a wonderful and faithful woman. Our hearts are broken, and we look for the day when we
will see and be with our Mother, Grandmother, and sister again in Heaven.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 11 am in the LDS Tridell Chapel,
Tridell, Utah, a viewing will be held Monday, December 17, 6-8 pm, in Vernal at Blackburn
Mortuary, and also one hour prior to funeral services, in Tridell.
Her family would like to thank everyone for all the many hours of service and love shown to our
mother. We are grateful for members of Tridell Ward in providing compassionate services to
mother and family through the last several months. Thank you also to Canyon Hospice and
Blackburn Mortuary, for the kindness shown to her and her family.
Until we meet again Mom. We love you. We miss and love you. Give Dad and Mark a big hug
for all of us.