Thursday, September 2, 2004

Hannah H. Hagin put family foremost

Friends knew her as kind, generous, loving

By Rebecca Goodman
Enquirer staff writer

INDIAN HILL - Hannah Hargett Hagin left a legacy of love, those closest to her say. She died of pneumonia Monday at Christ Hospital.

Mrs. Hagin, a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, "loved people and was so genuine," said her husband, Joe. "There was no pretense about Hannah."

She was a person with "enormous compassion and love for everybody. People adored her."

Her longtime friend Barbara Thoman of Indian Hill said: "Hannah was a perfect friend. She was generous and kind and loving. She stood out among people because she was such a really fine person. That sounds kind of corny, but she really was. She was always just there with a helping hand if you needed one."

Mrs. Hagin's daughter-in-law Lauren Hagin of Terrace Park said she was "blessed to have Hannah in my life. She was a wonderful mother-in-law and friend and she was just an amazing grandmother. She gave Lily and Kate enough love to last a lifetime."

For the past two years Mrs. Hagin, 66, relished being a grandmother to her twin granddaughters, Elizabeth Hart "Lily" and Katherine Barret "Kate" Hagin.

"Being a grandmother just totally changed her life," her husband said. "She loved nothing more than playing with those little girls."

Mrs. Hagin grew up in Lexington, where she and Mr. Hagin were sweethearts for three years before they married during their junior year in high school. She enrolled at the University of Kentucky to major in history but left school to care for her family.

"She was so, so, so proud of her children," said her friend Lucy Tallas of Indian Hill. "She was a devoted wife and mother. I mean, that was really her thing - her family."

Mrs. Hagin also had a "funny little sort of way of sticking the needle to you if you needed it - which I constantly needed," her husband said. They would have celebrated 50 years of marriage next spring.

A talented artist, Mrs. Hagin knitted, created needlepoint and loved flowers.

She was a member of the Indian Hill Garden Club.

In addition to her husband, daughter-in-law and granddaughters, survivors include two sons, Joseph Whitehouse Hagin II of Arlington, Va., an assistant to President Bush and White House deputy chief of staff, and Huntingdon Hargett Hagin of Terrace Park.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Indian Hill Episcopal-Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 6000 Drake Road.

Memorials: American Cancer Society, 11115 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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