Mary Williams Haggart (1924 - 2018)

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Long time Alaska resident Mary Williams Haggart died peacefully at her home at Daystar Assisted Living on Feb. 1, 2018, in Seattle, Wash. She was 93, and had been in declining health over the past year.
Mary was born on March 13, 1924, in Bartlesville, Okla., to Ansel and Gladys Williams. Her father was an oil field electrician and she grew up in the small oil camps and prairie towns of northern Oklahoma where her father worked. She graduated from Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Okla., in 1942, and immediately went to work for Douglas Aircraft in Oklahoma City. In 1944, she traveled by train from Oklahoma to San Francisco, Calif., to marry her high school sweetheart, Tom Haggart, who was ashore attending the U. S. Maritime Service Officer Training School in Alameda, Calif. They were married in Alameda on Sept. 14, 1944, and were blissfully married for over 63 years, until Tom's death in 2008.
Mary and Tom moved to Alaska in 1947 and immediately fell in love with their new home and would stay for over 60 years. Upon arriving in Anchorage, Mary went to work for the Civil Aviation Administration and continued there until the birth of her first child. Following this, she was a stay-at-home mom for many years before returning to work outside the home, first at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and later for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She retired when her husband retired from the Alaska Railroad in 1979. After the death of her husband, increasing vision problems and Alaska icy winters made it necessary for Mary to move to Seattle, Wash., to be nearer family, but in her heart she always remained an Alaskan.
Mary loved spending time with her husband, Tom, whether at their cabin on Wasilla Lake or golfing in Hawaii with their many dear friends, playing cards, reading, spending time with her grandchildren and in retirement wintering in Arizona and California and traveling throughout the Lower 48.
Mary was preceded in death by husband, Tom; her parents; her only brother, Oras Williams; and infant grandchild, Patrick Thomas Haggart. She is survived by sons, Richard (Susan) of Seattle, Wash., and William (Katherine) of Gretna, Neb.; grandchildren, Samuel (Lisa) Haggart of Kirkland, Wash., and Marie (Brian) Doran of Katy, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary would like everyone who remembers her, particularly the Martens and Gill families of Anchorage, Alaska, to know how grateful she has been for the kindness, friendship and love she has received from everyone throughout her long, long life. Mary's ashes will be interred next to her husband at Anchorage Memorial Park when weather permits. No services are planned.
The family also wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Thomas Erdmann and the staff of Swedish Physicians as well as the staff of Providence Hospice of Seattle who provided gentle and compassionate care for Mary during her final months.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2018