Myrtis Avon (Craig) Hatfield passed into the presence of the Lord on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in San Antonio, TX, surrounded by loving family and friends. Avon was born on September 30, 1936 in Gilmer, Texas and was preceeded in death by her beloved husband Glendel in 2013. They were married for 58 years. She is survived by a son, Gary Hatfield of Houston, TX, a daughter Brenda Ludwick and son-in-law Mark of San Antonio, TX, and four grandchildren: Janna Ludwick of San Antonio, Jordan Ludwick of San Antonio, JohnMark and Rachel Ludwick of Annapolis, MD, and Jason Ludwick of Raleigh, NC, who all lovingly referred to her as “GMama.”
Avon was the oldest of four daughters born to JV and Helen Craig. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Craig and Karen Boykin, and is survived by her sister Jackie Craig Kahle of Bernardsville, New Jersey and her son Craig Kahle of Austin, TX. Avon is also survived by a close cousin, Melwyn Casey (Charles) of Friendswood, TX, sister-in-law Doris Hatfield of George West, TX and brother-in-law Sammy (Joyce) of LaPorte, TX and a host of awesome nieces and nephews.
Avon married Glendel Hatfield who served at Randolph Air Force base in1955. After Glendel's military service, they moved to Freer, TX where they raised their children while Avon worked as an elementary school teacher. In 1978, they were transferred to Zapata, where they put down roots and Avon began serving in the educational community, with her last position as Principal of Zapata Middle School, from which she retired. During this time, she was embraced by so many for her dedication to the Teachers, Administrators, Students and Parents of Zapata ISD.
Avon was very active in the First Baptist Church of Zapata where she attended regularly until her illness and move to San Antonio in 2015. She was also an active member of the Texas Retired Teacher's Association and a board member and active volunteer for the Zapata County Museum of History.
A viewing will be held at Rose Garden Funeral Home on Thursday, June 15th from 6-9 pm at 2102 N US Hwy 83 in Zapata.
A graveside service will precede the Memorial service on Friday, June 16th at 9:30 a.m. at Zapata County Cemetery, 642 FM 496 (1 mile south of Hwy 83 on FM 496.)
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 16th at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church of Zapata at 1401 Glenn St, Zapata, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Avon Hatfield Memorial Scholarship Fund for the benefit of High School Seniors in Zapata who wish to pursue a career in teaching. Details to follow.