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Guinevere Fay Hattan


Guinevere Fay Hattan, 87, of Estes Park died peacefully on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park.

She leaves her sons, David Hattan (Nancy), Richard Hattan (Gail), and her daughter, Kay Heil (Charles); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Ellis; her parents, Fred and Hester Griggs, and two sisters, Beth Meiklejohn and Dorothy Howard.

She was born October 18, 1924, in Folsom, NM, to Fred and Hester Griggs. The family moved to Trinidad, Colorado when she was three. Her father was the railroad depot agent at Branson, Colorado so she spent many weekends and most of the summers in Branson. She graduated from Trinidad High School in 1942, and attended University of Denver where she met Ellis. She joined the Cadet Nurse Corp in 1943. She married Ellis Everett Hattan on May 26, 1945, in Corpus Christi, TX. After World War II, they settled in Denver where she had a full-time job as a homemaker with three children. She returned to Community College and received her registered nursing degree in 1976. After Ellis retired in 1981, they began building a home in Estes Park. Gwynne was Ellis’s able partner in their building project. They moved into their retirement home in 1984. They spent their winters in Blythe, CA and Quartzsite, AZ for nearly 20 years. She resided at the Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park for the last four years where she was cared for and loved by a skilled and dedicated staff.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Estes Park. She played clarinet in the Village Band and saxophone in the Village Jazz Band in Estes Park for a number of years.

Guinevere’s life was defined by her devotion to her husband and children and sense of humor and fun. A funeral service was held at Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6601 South Colorado Boulevard in Centennial on December 21, 2011. A memorial service is planned for the summer of 2012 in Estes Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park, Colorado or the United Methodist Church of Estes Park.

 

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