- Published on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:01
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff
Audrey Elizabeth Hagen (Mitchell) made her final journey to join her late husband and love of her life, Art on January 27, 2014. Although it’s with a heavy heart that we say our final goodbye to our beloved mother, “Lady Grandma” and “Grandma Miami”, her spirit will forever live on in the love she brought to our lives and the inspiring strength she exemplified.
Audrey was born to hard working Irish immigrants Andrew and Elizabeth Mitchell on September 18, 1928 in Somerville, Massachusetts. Young Audrey spent her early years with best friend and brother, Fred, skating the frozen ponds and football fields in the winter, and visiting Lake Winnapasaki in the summer. A Bostonian through and through, she cherished her childhood and always reserved a warm place in her heart for the idyllic surroundings of the North East.
Then, in 1950, she met “the one” Arthur Hagen, from Waltham, Massachusetts on a blind date. He was her soul mate and the one true love of her life. They were inseparable. They married that same year and after a few moves around the country, eventually settled in Los Altos, California to raise their four children Bill, Pat, Ken and Greg. There was always a lot of laughter and strong sense of “family first” in the Hagen home. Art and Audrey were an example of a truly happy marriage.
Tragically, Art passed away unexpectedly on New Year’s Eve in 1978. No words can adequately describe the devastation Audrey felt – and he remained prominently in her heart, mind and spirit every day for the next 36 years.
From 1980 until her recent passing, she went from mother of four to grandmother of four, re-locating to Austin, Texas in her final years. From after school pick-ups and sleepovers, to movie nights and Christmas Eve feasts, she played an immensely important role in the raising of her grandchildren. She taught them the true power of strength, loyalty, love and care – and nothing can ever take that away.
Audrey will be forever remembered by her children, son Bill (Maria) Hagen of San Jose, CA; daughter Pat (Jim) Chacona of Austin, TX; son Ken Hagen of San Jose, CA; and son Greg Hagen of Watsonville, CA; her grandsons, Josh Chacona of Los Angeles, CA; Justin (Katri) Chacona of Helsinki, Finland; Nathan Chacona of Austin, TX; Chris Hagen of San Jose, CA, and great- granddaughter Isabel Chacona of Helsinki, Finland. Also survived by Michael (Linda) Nunez of Fremont, CA and Eddie Nunez of San Jose, CA; niece Linda Mackie of Framingham, MA; and childhood friend “Cousin” Bette West of Fremont, NH.
She will be missed dearly and forever in the hearts of each and every life she touched.
Cremation arranged by Koenig and Strickland Funeral in La Grange, Texas.
Interment and private service arranged at Alta Mesa Cemetery, Palo Alto, California.