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Haidee went to heaven on April 2, 2012. She passed away peacefully at home.
Haidee was born in Port Angeles on January 8, 1915, to Oscar and Haidee Anna Kuppler. She was born into an early-day Port Angeles construction family known as Chris Kuppler and Sons. They built the original hotel at Sol Duc Hot Springs, the Carnegie Library and Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington and Roosevelt schools.
Numerous buildings downtown are Kuppler buildings. They were most well-known for building paper mills such as Rainier mill, Nippon mill and others down the coast. Haidee was proud of her hard-working family.
She graduated from high school in Port Angeles, attended the University of Washington and is also a graduate of Gradwohl School of Laboratory Technique in St. Louis, Missouri.
Returning home, she met and fell in love with Bert Hampton, whom she wed in 1936. They were married almost 52 years. They would travel every summer throughout the U.S. in their motor home and eventually started flying to other countries such as England, Scotland, Norway, Greece and Japan.
She went to work as a reporter for the Port Angeles Evening News in the 1940s. She loved her job but quit to have her only child, Margaret. After Margaret graduated from high school, she returned to work on the news desk at the Peninsula Daily News and retired in 1986.
Her husband, Bert Hampton, passed away in 1988. Haidee's last trip was when she was 86 years old. She went to Rio de Janeiro with her cousin Herman Kuppler.
She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church and a 50-plus-year member of the Tirzah Club. She regularly donated to Shiners Children's Hospital, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society of the United States and the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society.
Special thank-you to Becky Granlund, Kathy Langford and Christine O'Connell, who were her caregivers for the past two years. Thank you to Marty, Paula, Laura and Brian of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.
There was a private family service at Acacia Memorial Park in Lake Forest Park, Washington. Pastors Ted Mattie and Les Fletcher performed the service.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Ken Riggs; her grandson, Elijah Hammel; granddaughter Lacey Langdon; and her husband, Dean. She was thrilled to know her great-granddaughter, Nyah Langdon, for the last nine months.
A life well-lived, we will miss you until we are together again.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 6, 2012