- 85 years old
- Date of birth: February 1st, 1930
- Place of birth:
San Francisco, California, United States
- Date of passing: October 5th, 2015
- Place of passing:
Alameda, California, United States
This memorial website was created in the memory of our lbeloved sister / aunt, Ethel O'Hagan, 85, born on February 1, 1930 and passed away on October 5, 2015. We will remember her forever.
Aunt Ethel O'Hagan had a heart of gold and I don't think are too many things that she probably enjoyed more than the pure and simple joy of giving-she really loved and seemed to get a necessary sense of fulfillment giving to those less fortunate. Whether it was Aunt Ethel's many nieces and nephews or the needy malnourished orphans she freely gave to, for so many years,
her, "foster/sponsored" children of Africa and I think South America. When we were young she would delight in having any one, or combination of, us kids over to her apartment, be it the one on Lee street or McKinley and Alma, or any one of several Alameda residences. A free lunch or breakfast was often followed by a treat of some sort, so many over the years growing up, a water canteen,
pocket watch or some such thing that would inevitably catch my attention. Aunt Ethel never changed, even many years later just after she retired and took a trip north to Seattle and stayed with us for a spell, she always wanted to treat or pay for something, or to just relax and enjoy family. Aunt Ethel never wavered in her wqys, and giving to others, never speaking ill of others, always
willing to listen or share a story, her eyes were open to everyone and never once did I hear her judge or malign others. It really seemed to fill Aunt Ethel with joy to see her loved ones on any level, at any time or place, I don't think she ever wavered in that either, and I realize that now as she has departed. We all love Aunt Ethel right back.
Every family should have an Aunt or sister like Ethel. Few do. Many are blessed with a caring soul who takes time out for loved ones. Ethel seemed to have an inexhaustible supply of devotion to give. This is not an easy task in a large family. As a child, I flattered myself to think I was her favorite until how I saw how she interacted with all my cousins and her siblings. I will miss her.
Before our family spread out across several states, our Aunt Ethel somehow managed to be home almost as often as we were. And when I say “home,” I don’t just mean at my family’s house. I mean all of our houses, even though she never had a car, or even drove. She seemed to have spent equal amounts of time at the homes of all of her siblings (five sisters and two brothers).
It was always clear to me how much she loved all of us – her brothers and sisters as well as her nieces and nephews. As some of our families moved away from the Bay Area, she never let distance be a barrier. She wrote frequent letters and she spread her vacations in order to spend time with each family. And she loved her great-nieces and great-nephews in the same way.
Ethel was my wife's aunt. She was a warm, generous and loving person, and we all miss her greatly.
Aunt Ethel was our "fairy Godmother," always ready with a smile, a small gift, a card, words of comfort. Love.
My first memory of my sister, Ethel, is of early teaparties she set up for me and my younger brothers, Jack and Hugh. She melted chocolate and spread it on graham crackers, and served us with her own childhood doll tea set. Through the years she nicknamed me "Little E" and i called her "Big E" Many, many loving memories of her in my life.
I'll always remember how many birthday cards she sent through the years, to me and others. It seemed like she never forgot to send those cute little cards signed in her neat handwriting "your godmother."
Aunt Ethel wrote poetry, too--some lovely, pensive pieces. I hope she is writing poems today, in Heaven.
Happy birthday Auntie Ethel, you are missed terribly! And will always be loved!
Although we lived further from Aunt Ethel than most of the family when we were growing up, Alicia and I still received the cards on our birthday and the little gifts Aunt Ethel would pick out. I probably saw her more as an adult than when I was a kid as I visited her frequently when I came up to see my parents. Although her communication was impaired, I would bring pictures and stories to
share and she would always laugh in the right places and enjoy the news about the family. My Mom was terrified of nursing homes but when she saw a picture of Ethel and I during a visit, she got the courage to go with me the next time and she and Ethel laughed and cried together. I glad Mom was able to do that before she passed away. They both seemed so happy to see each other.
I miss you Aunt Ethel. I miss seeing you and sharing stories. I am glad that you and my Mom are now together and both watching over all of us. Happy Birthday Aunt Ethel. Thank you for all the care and love you showed Alicia and I over the years. Love, Elizabeth
We thought of you with love today. We miss you now, and as time goes by, we miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle face, no one can fill your vacant place. Your life was love and labor, your love for your family true. We will always remember you with love.
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