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1918 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
January 1, 1918 - April 17, 2016 Our mother, Harriett, joined her beloved husband, our father, George L. Packer, MD, on Sunday morning, April 17, 2016, after a brief illness with her family by her side. Mom was the only daughter and "middle child" (of five) of Dr. George Allen Ricketts and Martha Elizabeth (McCoy) Ricketts. She was raised in Osceola Mills, PA and then earned her degree at Pennsylvania State University. Then, it was off to Philadelphia, where she reported for The Enquirer. At the time, her older brother, Ed, was a senior medical student at Jefferson University Medical School. He introduced her to another student on his way to a medical career, George L. Packer, and the rest, as they say, is history. Losing Dad, the love of her life, in 1995, Mom did not expect to live another 21 years. Until just this past March, she lived independently in Incline Village, Nevada, Reno and then Santa Monica. She made the most of those years. After essentially losing her sight from macular degeneration, our mother compensated by listening to history and political books on tapes sent from the Braille Institute on a regular basis. She also "watched" MSNBC, PBS and the NFL. To the end, she was sharp as a tack, remembered everything, and had definite opinions on just about anything. She leaves behind her adored and devoted five children and their spouses: Eleanor Hilberman (Bernard), George Packer (Dauna), John Packer (June), Martha Hunter (Craig) and Robert Packer (Donna - who sadly passed away on April 15, 2014). Our mother Harriett was the matriarch of the extended Packer Family - with eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Over 98 years, she never forgot a birthday of a family member or friend and attended every graduation, marriage or other auspicious occasion. She enjoyed a long and wonderful life, always making her family her absolute first priority. She forgave everyone for any slight, except one: "Messing with my kids." She loved all of us like no one ever could. She instilled all of us with a love of and devotion to family, classical music and curiosity of all things that might make us more worldly. Honoring her request, a private service will be on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Lake Tahoe. The Reverend Canon George F. Woodward, Rector of St. Edmund's Episcopal Church-San Marino, will preside. Finally, Mom will join her dear husband, "up at the lake". In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Braille Institute at 741 North Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. "Love You More!"
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 24, 2016
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