Karen A. Hatter, 82, of Panama City Beach, Florida and formerly of Monticello, Indiana passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Seagrass Village in Panama City Beach.
She was born on January 25, 1940 in Francesville, Indiana. She was the daughter of George and Gladys Dahlenburg. On August 21, 1965, she married Thomas M. Hatter. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1992.
She was a 1958 graduate of Roosevelt Senior High School and worked serving the community of White County for over 50 years. Beginning as a teller for State and Savings bank immediately after high school, her strong work ethic and love of helping people earned the respect of her fellow bankers as she became a loan officer and then bank vice president for Norwest Bank.
When she retired, she began working with her friends at the Monticello Chamber of commerce who then encouraged her to run for the position of White County Assessor. So began her second career and she proudly began serving her community in a new and challenging way.
Karen was a role model to young women in business, banking and government.
When she was widowed at the passing of her late husband Thomas, she busied herself outside of her career by bowling with her group of friends, making loads of Christmas cookies and Halloween costumes for her grandchildren and frying the best chicken north of the Mason-Dixon.
She was a member of the Monticello United Methodist Church for decades. She moved to Panama City to be with her daughters and grandchildren where she attended First United Methodist Church of Panama City. She loved going to basketball and volleyball games at Gulf Coast college with friends and enjoyed her retirement in Florida surrounded by family.
Surviving are her daughters Eve (Doug Hartog) VanKley, Pamala (Gary) Coccaro and Dawn (Bob) Bennington. She is also survived by her grandchildren George William (Leah) Loy, Morgann Stambaugh, Olivia VanKley, Austin VanKley, Amanda Sharp and four great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Thomas, she was also preceded in death by her sister Rita Jo Johnson, and grandson-in-law Seth Stambaugh.
Visitation will be Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 11am-1pm at Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home of Monticello with a service beginning at 1pm. The family will have a private graveside burial immediately following.
Memorial contributions may be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Shriners International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
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