November 3, 1913 ~ April 16, 2007
Born in: Naples, Texas,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO
Hattie Belle Smith died in her sleep, Monday, April 16, 2007, to waken in her 'heavenly home.' She was born Nov. 3, 1913, in Naples, Texas, to William and Ophelia Smith. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Clyde, Wesley, S.B., Olin; and her sister, Maude Wilson. She is a graduate of the University of Indiana and received her certificate of nursing at the University of Oklahoma. She began her nursing career in Pueblo at the Corwin Industrial Hospital, and in 1941, joined the U.S. Navy Nursing Corps and was sent to Pearl Harbor after it was attacked. She advanced in rank and served as Chief of Nursing in the Philippines, San Diego, Camp Pendleton and retired at Key West Naval Station as a Naval Commander in 1966. She cared for wounded soldiers and their families through three wars; World War II, Korea and Vietnam. She returned to Pueblo in 1985. Hattie worked as a volunteer while in the Navy and it was one of her passions in retirement. She fondly carried the title 'Aunt Hattie' to many of her acquaintances. She resided at Villa Pueblo Towers and she received great care at the Sharmar Village Nursing Facility. Viewing, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday, at Praise Assembly, 2000 Troy. She was a member of Praise Assembly where her funeral service will be conducted Thurs. at 11 a.m. with her nephew, Pastor Bobby Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens in the Veteran's Court of Honor. Memorial gifts may be made through Praise Assembly or Montgomery & Steward. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com
Dear Paula and Dad and Patricia and to families of Hattie,
I will miss Hattie. She was an spiritual inspiration to me about God and what God did for her. I will forever remember her as wonderful Woman of God. I know someday I will see her there. May the Lord comfort you all.I will keep you in my prayer
Everett WA. 98205
Smith/ McKee good bye aunt Hattie
Thank you for choosing to love me and my family … we were truly blessed by you Aunt Hattie.
We will miss Anut Hattie.
She was a blessing to her family
and all those who knew her
What a lady, what a life, what a legacy. We love you very, very much.
I remember Aunt Hattie singin’ a lovely song with me, it was…”There will be no sorrow there, no burdens to bear, no more sickness, no pain, no more heart aches over there…. and forever I will be with the one who died for me, what a day a glorious day that will be.” I probably totally butchered that song but those of you who know it will recognize it. Wonderful song it is, sing it to our Father when you remember it.Trust me, many angels will join in & God will be wonderfully Blessed! :)It was always a wonderful blessing to be in the presence of Aunt Hattie and Nanny, too. Now they are together again! I’ll see ya’ll when I get there. Love You So Much!!! I also wanted to say that Aunt Hattie loved on my Momma like no one else. I really appreciated her for that.
I have always had fond memories of Aunt Hattie. Specially when she called Momma and had her little dog sing Happy Birthday. She was a lady way ahead of her time.
Love You Aunt Hattie.
We love this lady , and will miss her. We appreciate all those in Pueblo who cared for her.
Much love to a wonderful woman. Aunt Hattie will be greatly missed.
Aunt Hattie is the last of a great generation siblings. They taught us grace, the meaning of hard work, and to care for other in the name of god. Now she is with our heavenly father and those that have gone before us. We have another guardian angel looking over us. With all my love, Jackie