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Etta M. Hatten 1923-2012

Etta M. Hatten, 89, of Perham, died Dec. 3 at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D. Services will be held at a later date.

Etta was born on April 4, 1923 in Pekin, N.D., the daughter of William and Annie (Rutten) Ryan. Etta lived in Devils Lake, Starkweather and Webster, N.D., later moving to Spokane, Wash., just before World War II. On May 12, 1940 Etta was united in marriage to Maurice P. Hatten. When Maurice entered the Army, Etta came back to Devils Lake to farm and be with her mother. After the war, Etta and Maurice lived in Devils Lake, Lakota, Grafton and Williston, N.D. Their next move was to Grand Forks, N.D. where Maurice' s construction company relocated. The couple then moved to Hallock, Minn. where their children all graduated high school. Etta spent most of her life in Hallock where she raised her family and owned and operated a restaurant until retirement. After retirement, she moved to Devils Lake to care for the elderly. Three years ago, Etta moved to Perham to be closer to her children. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren will dearly miss her.

Preceding Etta in death are her parents; her husband, Maurice Peace Hatten; sister, Catherine; and son, Richard Maurice Hatten.

Surviving Etta are her children, Edward (Helen) of Florida, Douglas (Vickie) of Perham, Steve (Jan) of Minneapolis and Maureen of Perham; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, William (Steph) Ryan; and sisters, Betty Bloomquist, Jeanne (Louie) Moore and Bev (Ken) Hoveland.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, is handling the arrangements. For online condolences, visit