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Hatsu Stoddard

Hatsu "Susie" Stoddard

Saturday, November 13th, 1926 - Sunday, July 21st, 2019
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Obituary

Hatsu “Susie” Teruya Stoddard, 92, formerly of Seadrift, Texas, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2019.

Susie was born on November 13, 1926, on Kumejima Island, Japan to the late Choei and Usa Teruya. She spent the majority of her life in Okinawa, Japan. During her time there, she had two beautiful daughters, Katsuko and Junko, from a previous marriage. She married Keith “Chuck” Stoddard of East Machias, Maine in 1957. Together they raised three sons, Keith, Mark, and Larry.

As the wife of an officer in the United States Air Force, she and her family were stationed in places such as Okinawa, Hawaii, and Illinois. Upon his retirement, they ultimately settled in Port Lavaca, Texas in 1975.

She was a member of Alamo Heights Baptist Church for over 40 years. She was actively involved in the church and assisted with Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and various church functions. She was a volunteer at His Place, an organization that collected and distributed clothing to those in need, for 27 years. During the last five years of her life, she resided with her son, Larry, in Hutto, Texas. She embodied compassion, kindness, patience, dedication, perseverance, and dignity. She was strongly devoted to her family and her faith. She took great pride in her family and lovingly brought a smile to all around her.

She leaves as her legacy four children: Junko (Tadashi) Kimijima, Keith (Kimberly) Stoddard, II, Mark (Marian) Stoddard, and Larry (Julie) Stoddard. She also leaves to cherish her memory two sisters, Sadako Nakamura and Yoneko Teruya, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith; parents; brothers, Masaharu Teruya and Choichi Teruya; and daughter, Katsuko Miyagi.

Visitation will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm with funeral service at 12:00 pm at Alamo Heights Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Port Lavaca Cemetery. A reception will immediately follow.

Flowers are welcome, but instead you may make donations in her honor to Alamo Heights Baptist Church. The family would also like to thank Kindred Hospice for their loving care and services.

To share a memory or condolence visit www.gracefuneralhome.net. Arrangements entrusted to the personal care of Grace Funeral Home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Alamo Heights Baptist Church
    Address
    110 Trinity Shores Drive
    PORT LAVACA, TX 77979
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Alamo Heights Baptist Church
    Address
    110 Trinity Shores Drive
    PORT LAVACA, TX 77979
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Port Lavaca Cemetery
    Address
    Nueces at Martin Luther King Blvd.
    PORT LAVACA, TX 77979
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Jenna DiStefano

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