Alice D. Hackett, age 92, our Mom, our Auntie, our Granny,
passed away on the afternoon of January 28, 2019, in her home as she wished,
surrounded by loving family and under the branches of the towering backyard redwood
she loved seeing through her skylight.
Alice was born on December 4, 1926 in Michigan City,
Indiana to Marty Dahlquist and the former Daisy Dunn. Upon her mother’s death
and coinciding with the onset of World War II, she went to live with extended
family in Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada, where she fondly recalled graduating from
an all-girls high school with a class of twelve.
Returning to Indiana, she attended and graduated from Purdue
University, where she met and married Herbert Hackett. After relocating to Berkeley, California, they
adopted their only child, Geoffrey, in 1958. The family lived in Auburn,
California, before moving to Arcata in 1968 when Herb was offered a teaching
position in the Humboldt State University Psychology Department.
Alice enjoyed being a homemaker during those years, and
occasionally worked part-time as a Registered Dietician until Herb’s unexpected
death in 1970. She then began the career
that defined her to a generation of young adults as the head of Food Services
for Lumberjack Enterprises at HSU, where the Jolly Giant Complex Cafeteria hoisted
a large sign at its entrance proclaiming “YOU CAN GET ANYTHING YOU WANT AT
Although Alice enjoyed working, she loved to travel even
more. She was in the first tourist group to enter mainland China, and was proud
of having visited all seven continents, whether with a group tour such as
Elderhostel, her beloved stepmother Ruth Dahlquist, good friend Mildred Moore, or her gentleman friend the late Ken Boe.
Alice did not slow down in retirement, volunteering at the Arcata Food Bank, the Humboldt County Library in Eureka, Vector Rehabilitation in Eureka, and the Hospice Shop in Arcata. She was a member of the Saint Alban’s Church Vestry for many years. She played cards and lunched with ladies of the church and neighborhood. Never one to be idle, she always had her knitting by her side, and produced hundreds of warm, colorful beanies, known to many as “Granny Hats,” which she gave away to organizations and agencies to share with those in need.
She was preceded in death by parents, Daisy and Marty; stepmother,
Ruth; husband, Herb; brother, Charlie; her second daughter-in-law, Kristi
Palmer Hackett; and son, Geoffrey.
She is survived by niece, Joanne Dahlquist, who moved in
with her in 2012, and they became the Golden Girls of Sunny Brae. She was
Granny to grandsons Daniel Hackett; Michael Hackett, his daughter, Aurora
Lucille Hackett, and her mother, Brittany LoBue; James Parmenter and wife Katy;
and granddaughters Jennifer Nolen and husband Brian; and Heather Trudell. She
will be deeply missed by daughters-in-law Diane Burson-Hackett, and Barbara
Boerger, as well as the dear friends she made at St. Alban’s.
The family would like to thank Reverend Sara Potter, Parish Nurse Emily Arents, and the capable and compassionate staff of Hospice of Humboldt. You made it possible for Alice to die as she wished, at peace and with dignity.
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