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Phillis "Jo" Hatfield

Phillis “Jo” Hatfield died Thursday, June 20, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. She was 73.

She was born March 9, 1929, in Oskaloosa, Okla., to Fred Grandia and Nellie Padgett Grandia.

She spent her childhood in Ottumwa, Iowa, and graduated from high school there. After high school she moved with her family to Rock Springs, Wyo., where she met and married Roy Hatfield Jr. in March 1946. The family moved to Palisade in 1950 where Roy was a coal miner at Cameo. They lived there until moving to Gateway in 1955. The family followed Roy’s mining profession until moving to Glenwood Springs in 1972 where the couple was employed by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department. Phillis was the jail matron and cook from 1972 until 1978. The couple then moved to Grand Junction in 1980 to retire.

She was a selfless person who gave her time and efforts to be of help to other people regardless of the inconvenience to herself. She enjoyed being out of doors and especially enjoyed fishing. In her later years, the focus of her attention was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband preceded her in death.

She is survived by sons Herbert Hatfield, of Buena Vista, Colo., and Fred Hatfield and wife Marilyn, of New Castle, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service at Palisade Cemetery will be held today at 2 p.m. Cremation has taken place.

Montrose Valley Funeral Home and Valley Lawns Crematory were in charge of arrangements.


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