Brenda Jean Patton Hacklin
(1948 - 2015)

Brenda Jean Patton Hacklin

October 30, 1948

April 27, 2015

BRENDA JEAN PATTON HACKLIN; beloved mother and grandmother, sister, daughter and friend... You are missed so much more than you would have imagined. We miss your passion for all that is right in politics and in life. Your energy, to constantly accomplish, inspires us all to do more than we otherwise would. You loved horses and wildlife and castles and the history of Scotland. You loved Alaska. You loved growing gardens and sharing your harvest, planting flowers and learning about your ancestors, and of course, you loved us. You showed it with so many homemade gifts and with a listening ear and sometimes with a little outrage on our behalf. Most of all you loved God and you shined the love of Christ into our lives every day.

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Every night, my baby boy, Will, pulls a blanket up to his chin, made by the loving hands of Brenda. Every time I wash it, I do so on gentle cycle, because I want it to last forever. I want to tell Will about the woman who made it. She has such a calming influence. She makes every person feel valued. Her giving knows no bounds.

I will never forget expressing my concern to her about one of my tax clients. She pulled out $200 and asked me to send it to him. No questions. No judgment. She displayed such Christlike attributes in all her interactions.

I miss her. Love you, Brenda.
Megan Neilson (Friend)
December 8th, 2015
I remember my week with Brenda. What an honor to get to care for this great lady. I think of her often still and whenever she comes to mind I find myself humming the Prayer of Saint Frances. That is what being in her presence felt like; peace, light, joy, faith, loving and understanding. Love and prayers to her family.
Pete Tverdy (RN )
July 5th, 2015
A toast to my mom... When I was 5 years old, mom and I tried to make a snowman. Neither of us knew what we were doing and so ended up with a snow lump about 3 or 4 feet tall. Try as we might, we could not make it round or even begin to figure out how to layer up from there. We literally rolled in the snow laughing. The next day in school, I learned about making a snow ball and rolling it around in the snow. I couldn't wait to tell mom... and we laughed at ourselves even harder! I have loved making snowmen ever since... mainly because of this memory... but have never laughed as hard as the day we made our snow ghost. Thanks for the laughs mom- Cheers.
Trish Yager (daughter)
May 18th, 2015
It all started years ago with a letter to the library where I worked. From there it developed into a friendship which I treasured. Through letters, then email and lots of phone calls, we got to know each other. There were so many things she loved - living in Alaska, her gardens, the animals. But most of all her children. Her love and pride for them always came through each time we talked. And we could (and did) for hours. I was privileged to be allowed to journey with her while she researched her family.
And most of all I was humbled when she allowed me to take the journey with her this past year. Though we never met, the connection was there. And always will be. I love you, Brenda Girl, and always will. I will miss our talks; but know you are with me when I curl up under the lovely quilt you made for me. Heaven is much brighter because of you.
Rita Holtz (friend)
May 9th, 2015
My sister, how many time we tried to connect over the years. I think the real connection started with her doing the family tree. Her last five years in Moscow have been our closest. How we would talk for hous, laugh about our senior moments. Talk about everything and anything, missing living away from her grandchildren. For me this was way too soon, we had plans to get together, our health kept us apart. I learned what a good job she did with raising her kids, open heart, supportive son in laws and loving grandchildren. Her trips to see her father and brothers and family. Oh how strong she was in what she wanted. I was so proud of her. I hear her laugh and how many times I would say I don't understand and she would say it's their choice. I would give in. 😀. I will pray that she is with our mother and my daughter. I plan to keep her family in my life. You could hear the smile in her voice as she talked about the family. I will miss our special time together. Love to all. I'm here for you!.
Treva Kirby (Sister)
May 8th, 2015
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