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Ellen Wadkins Haas Obituary
HAAS Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Ellen Wadkins Haas passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 24th. She was born on July 2, 1947 in Jacksonville, graduated from Lee High School in 1965, and then from the University of Florida in 1969. Other than brief times in Washington D.C. and Australia, she was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. After graduating, Ellen was a classroom teacher and then taught homebound children. Before ending her career, she was nominated for teacher of the year. She was first of all a mother and wife, but she was also very active in the community, serving as a member of the Woman's Board for Wolfson Hospital and as Vice President of Family Consultation. She also functioned as a liaison with Buckner Manor and St. Vincent's Hospital. She was a member of Mandarin Methodist Church. Troubled children were always her focus. As one of her countless best friends recently said, Ellen did not just listen to a problem, she was there to fix the problem. Ellen loved to travel. Whether on a business trip with her husband or for pleasure, she saw quite a bit of the world. She was extraordinarily smart and funny. Anyone who met her loved her. She was adventurous. She dabbled with white water rafting, scuba diving, and parasailing. But as an accomplished rider, she most loved her time with horses. Ellen was preceded in death by her mother, Edith Wadkins, and her father, A. L. Wadkins. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Dr. Chris Haas; sons, Graham Alexander and Payton Haas; daughter, Christen Haas; daughter-in-law, Lauren Haas; and grandchildren, Walker Haas and Rosalie Haas. A private memorial service was held for her 2/1/2014.
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 5, 2014
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