October 20, 2020

Margarita D. Hatfield

Margarita D. Hatfield was born on April 10, 1955, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to her parents William and Betty Lou (Northway) Kosmos. Margarita was the oldest of three–younger brother Pete Kosmos and youngest sibling, her sister Doris Kosmos, who both survive. Margarita is also survived by her two sons, Andrew Hatfield and Steven Hatfield; her brother’s son Cody Kosmos; nephew Jason Kosmos and his two children Jaelynne and Caleb; and niece Katie (Kosmos) Hanquist and husband Brady Hanquist and their two children, Barrett and Adele.

Margarita was known as “Mom” to many of her friends.  She was incredibly strong and intelligent, and as a young mom, she earned her bachelor’s degree while raising her boys.  She then pursued her career as a Nutritional Specialist at Lincoln Public Schools until she retired.  Students never just “encountered” Margarita during her years working in the schools; she truly cared for them and always made sure they knew their food was made with love.

Margarita was Andrew and Steven’s biggest fan and truly cherished her boys who were her world. She was so proud of them, and as they grew up, she was heavily involved in their Boy Scouts troop.  As her boys got older, her focus shifted to veteran support and services. During her son Steven’s enlistment and service in the military, she became an actively involved Blue Star mom, leading and encouraging other families, spouses, and mothers with loved ones serving their country, away on deployments. She played an instrumental role in the laying of wreaths during the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony in Lincoln, and she presented the P.O.W. flag in memory of her grandfather, and many more, who lost their lives to protect our country and freedom.

Margarita was also the official “cake baker” of the family and never met a cake design she couldn’t master, from Scooby Doo to Minnie Mouse and everything in between.  Her son Andrew also picked up a few tricks of the trade in the kitchen, spending countless hours making food, “made with love” as she always said, for birthdays, holidays, and Margarita’s most important holiday, the annual 4th of July BBQ.  No one could whip up comfort food made with love like she could.

Anyone who had the privilege of spending time with Margarita appreciated that she could hold a conversation about anything, enjoyed her straight-to-the-point common sense quips, her quick-witted jokes, her unconditional love and devotion to her friends and family, and her cherished memories of her time in Italy as a young woman. 

Margarita will be missed with an ache in our hearts that will always remind us to enjoy the simple things in life and to appreciate the everyday moments. May her legacy of strength, devotion to family, and unconditional love inspire the souls of all who knew her and called her beloved friend and mom.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 2 PM at Wyuka, 3600 O St. Lincoln, Ne.  A meal will be held following the service. When attending services, please abide by local and CDC covid-19 guidelines.

To make a donation in memory of Margarita, please go to and click on “sponsor wreaths.”


  1. So sorry for your loss. She was an amazing woman,mother ,aunt and friend.she will be missed but always remembered.

  2. Im so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with your mom at Madonna. She will be missed.

  3. Andy and Steven, We remember fondly the many conversations and laughs we had with your mom through the years. She loved you both so much and was so very proud of both of you! We pray that God will give you comfort at this very difficult time and in the days ahead.

  4. Steven and Andrew, Kris kept me posted regarding the progress of your Mom’s illness. She was a rock, an example of what you can do if you put your mind to it. I remember scouting well and her mac/cheese corn dish at potlucks was the first to go. We did sports, church and more. She loved her boys more than anything and put you first above all. At times strong willed but there was always a purpose–a positive purpose. I hope to be there Friday. Hugs to both of you.

  5. Andrew & Steven ,
    I’m so sorry for your loss- may you find some comfort knowing she is no longer in pain- and that she is always in your heart.
    Margarita was a very special lady! Open minded, honest and to the point. We met so many years ago at Manager Trainee courses at SCC, and became fast long time friends.
    I had the pleasure of watching you guys grow up, attend school with my girls, hanging out at the pool, also many birthday parties, and holiday/family celebrations.
    We’d spend hours on the phone, just talking. I’ll miss her honesty…even if sometimes I didn’t want to hear it. She was right.
    Know that she loved each of you so very much! She talked about you always, some good & some bad, but always with love in her heart. She wanted the best for you in life, and would do anything she could to make that happen. She was so proud of her boys!
    She will be dearly missed and always in my heart!

  6. Your mom was a very special person and touched many lives.

    Hugs and love to both of you

  7. My deepest sympathy to you Andrew & Steven! Your mom got me through the College of St. Mary. I wouldn’t have made it without her as a study buddy. You boys were her world! Although I lost touch with her over the years, I have thought of her often and wondered how things were going for her. Margarita was a wonderful person! May her soul rest in peace.


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