Myrtle Marie Hatch Reidhead was born on Aug. 30, 1930, in Taylor to Jack Hatch and Julia Wakefield Hatch. Myrt departed this earthly life on Jan. 7, 2018, a few days after suffering from a stroke.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at Owens Livingston Mortuary, located at 84 E. 19 S., in Snowflake. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., with a viewing 1 hour prior on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Centennial Stake Center, located at 9th S. 2nd West in Snowflake. Interment will follow at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor.
Myrt was the ninth of 10 children. She adored her siblings and doted on her baby brother Gary. She grew up in Taylor and enjoyed playing baseball, swimming in the creek and playing and working alongside her family. As a teenager Myrt was the first Taylor Cucumber Queen.
Myrt married Charles “Tadd” Reidhead in Globe, on Feb. 26, 1952. They enjoyed 44 happy years of marriage before Tadd passed away from cancer. Together they had four children, Ava, Roy, Jeff and Lori. Family was the center of their world, and they centered their lives around their children and grandchildren. They resided in Tempe, Taylor and Burton. In 1982, Tadd got a wild hair and persuaded Myrt to move to Soper, Okla. They bought a lovely ranch and retired there. Myrt loved ranch life and enjoyed that time of her life. During this time she worked as a cook at the Soper School cafeteria, and was known and loved by many.
Myrt was a beautiful homemaker, cook and served others endlessly. She prided herself in keeping an immaculate home, and in putting beautiful meals on the table for family and friends. She is famous for her homemade bread, pies and made from scratch meals. She won many blue ribbons for her baked and canned goods at the county fair. She enjoyed being a member of the Homemaker’s Extension Club for many years while living in Oklahoma.
Myrt was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in numerous callings, presidencies and served with her whole heart. Her favorite callings were working with the primary children and the two years she served as a temple worker in the LDS Dallas, Texas temple.
The last 20 years of her life Myrt split her time between Oklahoma and Arizona. She loved visiting with family and friends. The last year of her life she declined and came back to Arizona to live.
Myrt is survived by her sister-in-law, Joanne Hatch of Pinedale, Ariz.; her children Ava (Kent) Hall of Taylor, Roy Reidhead, Jeff (Diane) Reidhead and Lori (Don) Carter all of Soper, Okla.; son-in-law Joe (Bonnie) Stradling of St. Johns, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Tadd Reidhead; parents, Jack and Julia Hatch; and by all nine of her siblings, Peggy Bullard Larson, Kirk “Trapper” Hatch, Guy Hatch, Hal Hatch, Fay Hatch, Boyd Hatch, Max Hatch, Kathleen Hunt and Gary Rand Hatch.
She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low handled the arrangements.