Elizabeth Ann Roberts Hasbrouck died peacefully in her home on July 14, 2016 surrounded by family.
She was born in Atlantic City NJ on July 29, 1927. She graduated from Pitman High School in 1945 and from The Cooper Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. She worked in many fields of nursing including work for the American Red Cross during the polio epidemic of the 1950’s. She was a genealogist and active volunteer for The Gloucester County Historical Society, a member and attender of Woodstown Friends Meeting, and a long time resident of Pitman NJ.
She is preceded in death by her Husband, Mahlon Clark Hasbrouck and her sisters Dorothy Wollerton, Margaret Roberts, and Jane Dale Jones and survived by her sister Norma McLaughlin Fisher. Loving mother to her children; Ann Elizabeth Schweigart and her husband Michael Schweigart of Pitman, Maggie Jane Hasbrouck and her wife Peggy Lay of Atlanta, Kate Jordan and her husband Jeff Jordan of San Jose and her step children the late Bruce Hasbrouck and his wife Leeanne Hasbrouck of Haddonfield and Hollie Hasbrouck of West Deptford. She was proud to be a grandmother of fourteen; H. Erika Holiday Snyder, Karl Ian Snyder, Ethan Mahlon Hasbrouck(Allison), Seth Clement Hasbrouck, Heidi Liane Hasbrouck(Matthew), Asher Max Schweigart, Zachery Schweigart(Perla), Hannah Jane Schweigart Gruber(Jesse), Jacob Michael Schweigart, Luke Schweigart, Samantha Jean Jordan, Matthew Winston Schweigart, Rachael Elizabeth Schweigart, and Jane Elizabeth Lay and Great-grandmother to Wolfgang, Dakota, Carolina, Hollieanne, Tyler, Dylan, Francis, Logan, Evelyn and Jameson.
Her service will be held at Woodstown Friends Meeting on Sunday, July 17, 2016.
Service at 6:00 pm, Reception to follow at 7:00 pm in the meetinghouse. All are welcome to attend one or both. In lieu of flowers; please make donations to Woodstown Friends Meeting, www.woodstownfriends.org
Her house in Pitman, NJ is an absolute extension of herself and one can not think of "Grammy" without her house somewhere in the background of their mental picture of her. I will always think of Grammy when I see cookie cutters, big puzzles sprawled out on big, round wood dining tables, carefully placed stickers on adorable greeting card envelopes she always sent out for holidays and birthdays, and dolls made out of corn husk sitting on a shelf at the bottom of the stares..staring at you when you walked down.
She was amazing with children, as this was an extension of her ability to nurture she also expressed through her nursing in her early days, but especially females, as she was surrounded by them her whole life. As a little girl, I would get so excited at the thought of going over there on holidays, such as Easter, when she would surprise me with a small closet under the television that was full of Easter candy, or 4th of July, when we would light up snakes and sparklers on the sidewalk. Going into her attic was every bit of a trip through a time machine complete with the smell of cedar, and old Barbie dolls and special little toys you've never seen before.
If Grammy had more money, she could have easily took on Martha Stewart for new and interesting ways to make every day home details creative and fun. It's only my opinion, of course, but Grammy will be best known and remembered for her ability to create a HOME, but not just any home, a safe, secure, fun and interesting home that could easily be registered as a historical museum. I listened to a psychic on Coast to Coast one night and she mentioned that "Spirit was interested in us creating paradises" and that, is exactly what Grammy did with her home and family.
If we are to learn anything from her life, it is to put your heart into the smallest detail, it's the little things that count, that make things special and captivate our memories and hearts. The birthday cake that was home-made and not some store bought generic cake, the little plastic rings put in the beach towels to hang up on the hook after swimming out in the back yard pool on a hot summer's day, the rum balls she carefully made for Christmas and sent to my mother in a Holly cup just because her name was Hollie. And the list goes on and on of all the small little things she just made BETTER.
And from her, I have learned myself the importance of taking my time and putting my heart into everything you are surrounded by, that you have control over, and the resources and creativity to improve in your own way, because your home is a reflection of you! And like the lyrics of the great band, Pink Floyd.... All that you are is all that you see, hear, taste, is all that you'll be.
Eclipse by Roger Waters/Pink Floyd
All that you touch
All that you see
All that you taste
All you feel.
All that you love
All that you hate
All you distrust
All you save.
All that you give
All that you deal
All that you buy,
beg, borrow or steal.
All you create
All you destroy
All that you do
All that you say.
All that you eat
And everyone you meet
All that you slight
And everyone you fight.
All that is now
All that is gone
All that's to come
and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.
xoxoxo, RIP GRAMMY! RIKI = The name she gave me as a child, that was even on my cheerleading uniforms!
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Your personal memories, thoughts and insights bring yet another dimension to her character and influence - she meant so much to so many.
I hope the peace and love that she expressed finds a place in your heart and life.