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Harriett was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, to Selma (Sandquist) and Frank Dailey. She was No. 8 of 11 children.
At a young age, she learned to be a cook and caretaker of her younger brothers. She grew up in small houses and always felt special because all the boys had to sleep in one bed, and she got to sleep on the couch.
She met her life partner, Ken, when she was 16. He moved from Wisconsin at the age of 18, and she soon followed.
She drove halfway across the country with her sister Pearl; Pearl's husband, Earl; and nephews Brian and Tom Allen in a 1935 Chevrolet touring car that continually overheated and had many flat tires.
She arrived in Seattle at night and took her first-ever ferry ride in the dark to Port Angeles. She remembered feeling very scared and thinking she was at the end of the world.
Ken and Harriett bought a small farm during the war. Ken enlisted in to the Merchant Marine and left her to take care of the homefront.
She learned to milk cows in the dark while she put one child in a calf pen, and the other she tied to a post. Never would she let the world get the best of her.
Harriett dedicated her life to raising not only her children, but many other children as well. She had extra closets in the home with clothes of every size and boots for every foot. Never was a child to feel unloved or uncared about when they crossed the threshold of her home.
She traveled to Wisconsin every other year to visit her family, each time taking more children with her.
She rose first every morning and was the last to bed. She loved dance of all kinds, baking, sewing, fishing, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. She was extremely generous and didn't know the word "no."
She will be remembered mostly for all the pies she made for family and friends.
She is survived by Ken, her husband of 71 years; children Ken (Cathy Lear), Carol Green, Diane Malone, Ervin (Niki), Patsy Hunt (Scott Wiley), Lisa Wallner (Dave), Susan Hillgren (Rick), John and Mike (Karen); grandchildren Kim (Dave) Hightower, Katie Higgs, Billy (Malynda) Green, Eric (Lori) Green, Tammie (Shawn) Marty, Ryan (Ja'Nette) Spencer, Leanne (Rick) Meier, Robbie (Gina) Gilbertson, Kenny Gilbertson, Chris Hunt, Allen (Debbie) Hunt, Jennifer (Nate) Clark, Christy Carpenter, Leslie (Matt) Masuda, Sandy Wallner, Luke (Rochelle) Wallner, Joe Igo, Jake Armstrong, James (Kendra) Armstrong, Amanda Armstrong, Jessica Matthews, Jordan Gilbertson, Brandon Gilbertson, Becky Gilbertson and Laura Gilbertson; 49 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by two brothers, Jerry and Bobby Dailey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Harold, Edward, Howard and Don; and sisters Pearl, Lucille, Tootsie and Evelyn.
A viewing will take place Friday, March 1, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel, 105 West Fourth Street, Port Angeles.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Bethany Pentecostal Church, 508 South Francis Street, Port Angeles. Dinner will follow the service. A private cemetery service will be the following Monday.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 27, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Harper Ridgeview Funeral Chapel
105 W 4th St PO Box 340 | Port Angeles, WA 98362 | (360) 452-9701