Priscilla Kay Hahn was surrounded by family when she passed away Dec. 6, 2013. Priscilla, also known as Kay, was born in Missoula, Mont., on Dec. 17, 1941, to Clyde and Kathryn (Huber) Fifield at the old St. Pat's Hospital.
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On a visit to Fort Missoula where her grandpa and grandma Fifield lived, Kay met the love of her life, Earl "Happy" Hahn. They were married June 4, 1960, in Missoula, while Hap was home on leave from the Navy and Kay had just graduated from Missoula County High School.
Kay had promised her parents if they would let her marry she would graduate. Kay and Hap were married for 50 1/2 years when Hap passed away. Their adventures in that time took them to many interesting places including Long Beach, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Fairbanks; Prineville, Ore.; Coldfoot DOT camp; and finally settling down in Victor, Mont., and the beautiful Bitteroot Valley.
They had their first son, Jon, while living in Portland, Ore., and added Garry by the time they moved to Fairbanks to be close to Happy's family. Hap worked for some of the biggest construction companies in the state. He also loved to fish and hunt. While Hap was building roads and hunting and fishing all over Alaska and when the boys were older, Kay decided to join the outside workforce.
She became the receptionist at the Fairbanks Breast Cancer Detection Center. She loved her job, the people she worked with and the variety of people she met and helped. She loved to dance almost as much as she loved to play cards, and she always had her "fishing gear" ready, which included a good book or magazine.
After losing the love of her life, Kay began to have many medical issues, which resulted in her living the last two years of her life at The Living Center in Stevensville, Mont. She made friends with many of the fellow patients and the nursing staff. There she continued to get many compliments on her amazing eyes, beautiful smile and lovely sweatshirts.
Kay is now where she always wanted to be - with Happy.
She leaves behind her sons, Jon Hahn (Joanne) and Garry Hahn; granddaughters, Kaela Phillips (Daniel) and Brandy Gloria (Jon); great-grandson, Adam Gloria, Baby Boy Gloria due in February, and twin great-granddaughters, Madelynn and Hailey Phillips, all of Fairbanks. She also leaves behind her father, Clyde Fifield; sisters, Karen McArthur, Dianna Tout (Roger), Clydene Grippin (Ed) and Pam Buckallew (Del); and brother, Curt Fifield (Cat), all of the Bitterroot Valley. She also leaves behind her friend and sister-in-law, Virginia (Tinny) Hahn and brother-in-law, Lue (Sue), of Fairbanks; 18 loving nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and great-nephews, and many other loving family members and friends in Alaska, Montana, Washington and other states. Thank you, Mo Rost, for your love and friendship to the end.
Kay was preceded in death by her loving husband, Earl; mother, Kathryn Fifield; brothers-in-law, Harold Hahn and Vern McArthur; stepfather-in-law and mother-in-law, Monty and Orlena Barnard; and many other family members.
Per Kay's wishes, there will not be a funeral. Her family plans a memorial camping trip with the spreading of a portion of her ashes in the Blue Slide area of Thompson Falls in the summer 2014.
Kay's family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the care and compassion that she and her family were given by the staff at The Living Center and to all the people she and her family dealt with who assisted with her medical issues.
Priscilla (her name her immediate family used) or Kay, as everyone else called her, was greatly loved throughout her life. She will be missed and thought of often by all who loved her.
The family suggests memorials go to the Save the Whales Foundation.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 21, 2013