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Phyllis Ruth Baldwin Hagen

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Phyllis Ruth Baldwin Hagen Obituary
Phyllis Ruth Baldwin Hagen January 26, 1927 - January 19, 2013 Bay Area Resident Phyllis Ruth Baldwin Hagen went Home on January 19, 2013. She lived and died with humor, strength and courage. She was born on January 26, 1927 to Earl and Alice Baldwin in Cottage Grove, Oregon. She enjoyed telling stories of growing up on the farm and playing in the creeks and fields surrounding the town. Much younger than her sister and two brothers, she loved to tell the story of the time she and her brothers were "having fun" in the barn and the trouble the boys got into when their mother caught them hoisting Phyllis to the top of the barn by a hay hook stuck in her diaper - fortunately when the hook pulled loose she tumbled into a pile of hay or her story would have ended sooner! She also related how she enjoyed her summer trips to Yachats, on the Oregon Coast when she was in High School and the young soldiers she flirted with while she was there. After graduating from Cottage Grove High School, she went to work in the Kaiser shipyards in Portland. After the war, she went on a blind date with a returning soldier and POW, Benneth M. Hagen. Although she thought he was too full of himself and he thought she talked too much, they fell in love and were married April 25, 1947. They soon moved to California and bought a home in Castro Valley in 1951 where they raised three children, Debra, Bruce and Dale. Phyllis joined the PTA when her children were young and for her commitment and hard work, she was made a Lifetime Member of the PTA. In 1968, she rejoined the workforce as a lunch monitor at Earl Warren Junior High. As the legendary "Mrs. Hagen," she worked for the school district for many years, retiring as school secretary at the rural Palomares Elementary School where she was much loved and treasured by students and faculty. After retirement, she and Ben had the opportunity to travel and garden and spoil their grandchildren. She was also well known for her skill with the stuffed toy animal "claw" crane at Carrows, giving the toys to her grandchildren or donating them to the holiday toy drive. Preceded in death by husband Benneth, sister Dorothy and brothers Earl and Frank, she is survived by her loving family, daughter Debra (husband Paul), son Bruce (fianc‚e Sonnya), son Dale (wife Claudia) and bonus daughter Tina Ekblad; who was her daughter in every way that matters. Also surviving her are her beloved grandchildren, grandson Benneth (Hannah), granddaughters Dominoe (Andrew), Lauren (Devon), Ariana, Ilana and great-grandchildren Austin, Lilah, and the soon-to-be-born Declan. She was also surrounded by a loving extended family and caregivers who supported her desire to stay independent in her own home, including Alice and Phil Lawhorn, Helen, Kathy and family, Kaylene, Rosie, Debra K. and the doctors and staff at Kaiser Hospitals. The family would like to also thank all of the American Medical Response Paramedics and EMT's that provided compassionate care and assistance for Mom (and Dad) so many times over the years. Visitation with the family will be from 4:30 to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Services will be held on Saturday, January 26th with interment at Chapel of the Chimes at 11 AM followed by a memorial service and reception at Faith Lutheran Church in Castro Valley beginning at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Jan. 25, 2013
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