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Hackford, Harriett - Orleans  
Harriett Hewel Hackford (nee Dilday), of East Harwich, MA (formerly of Glen Head, N.Y.) passed away on September 25th in the peace of the very early morning. She spent her youth in Baldwin, N.Y. Graduated from Hofstra College in 1948 and went on to get a teaching degree from SUNY. Married Christopher Burkhardt Hewel in 1952, and moved to Hicksville, N.Y. with their infant daughter in 1959. After nursing her husband, unaided, through terminal cancer from 1964 to Feb. 1969 (with a move to Glen Head, N.Y. in Nov. 1968), she returned to teaching at Glen Head Elementary School in September, 1969. For 19 years she lovingly taught 3rd and 4th grade students, trying to make a difference in their lives while raising a daughter in a time when single mothers were not heralded as they are now. Active as a Hofstra alumnus, she resumed a friendship with fellow alumnus Bruce Hackford in the early 80s that lead to a most unexpected love affair. They were married in 1985 at Caroline Church of Brookhaven in Setauket, N.Y. Determined not to turn 60 in the classroom, she retired in 1988 and in 1994 they happily moved to Cape Cod, the only place she ever really felt at home. She leaves behind her loving daughter, Sandra Woodruff Hewel Shannon and son-in-law Russell (E. Northport, N.Y.), Step-daughter Jane Hackford Riley and husband, Brian (New Vernon, N.J.); Step-son Clifford Hackford and partner Angela Lee (Yonkers, N.Y.); Step-grandchildren Bryce Hackford, Thomas and Molly Riley; and sister, Nan Crowell, of Middlebury, VT as well as many wonderful friends and neighbors. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 6th at 11 a.m. at St. Christophers Episcopal Church in Chatham, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Harwich Conservation Trust, Harwich, MA. For online condolences, please visit .
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Published in The Cape Codder from Oct. 4 to Oct. 14, 2015
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