Harriett (Hattie) Genevieve Mansell, formerly of Nice and Lakeport, California, passed peacefully away October 1, 2010, a month after her 100th birthday. She was born in Pasadena, California, and lived in southern California most of her life. She and her husband, Al Mansell, moved to Lake County after his retirement. They had often vacationed in Lake County and bought property here, including the Park View Resort. Their enthusiasm led sons Edward (former Director of the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce) and Richard (former Postmaster, Lower Lake) to raise their families here as well.
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Harriett worked for the telephone company as a young woman and for long hours tied fishing tackle to help son Don through college. Later, she worked for the LA County Assessor's Office and at the post office in San Fernando, California. Harriett was proud to have invested over 1000 hours as a Pink Lady at Lakeside Hospital especially in the gift shop. She was also an avid doll collector and long time member of the Lakeport Doll Club. She won many awards for her fine needlework at the Los Angeles and Lake County Fairs. Her love of gardening led to her being President of the Carlsbad Garden Club in 1977. She also made and dressed hundreds of Teddy bears for Carlsbad police to give to children in emergencies. She and Al were principal contributors to the gazebo in Lakeport's Library Park, which they wished dedicated to their son Edward.
Harriett was preceded in death by her seven siblings, her loving husband of 70 years, Al, and sons Edward and Don, daughter-in-law Rae, and great granddaughter, Amy. She is survived by son Richard and daughter Darlene Mansell Barr; grandchildren Chuck, Scott, Linda, Tom, Todd, and Stacey Mansell, and Cheyenne Barr. She has eleven great-grandchildren.
At her request, her ashes will be distributed by family at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, California. Donations in her memory may be made to Memorial Hospice of Santa Rosa California, or Quail Gardens (San Diego Botanic Garden) in Encinitas, California.
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Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Oct. 19 to Oct. 25, 2010