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*2wCAPFb*Rose Kennedy (Walker) Hagar


Rose Kennedy Hagar (ne Walker), died on February 2, 2018 at the age of 101. Ken was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1916. Her family lived on a ranch just outside of Palisade, Nevada and later moved to Sparks, NV., where Ken finished her education, graduating from the University of Nevada in Reno in 1938. She found work as a teacher in Carlin, Nevada where she met and married our father Thomas Hagar in 1940. Ken was a stay at home mom for many years in her life but never lost touch with teaching. Whether she was in a classroom, teaching sick or injured kids in their homes or tutoring those who were struggling in school, she was dedicated to helping people learn.

Ken’s real genius lay in her ability to extract maximum enjoyment from the present moment. She could wring happiness from the smallest things, a talent that served her well all her life, but especially as she aged. She accepted the world for what it was and wasted no time wishing things could be different. Rather, she got straight to work figuring out how to accommodate herself to the situation, while extracting the most joy possible. She was grateful for what she had and spent no time worrying. A true daughter of Nevada, she was not a soft person — or even perennially sweet. There was steel in her nature and grit. She had opinions and spoke them. Frequently. It was part of her charm.

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To the very end of her life, Ken was able to find beauty even in the simplest of things. She would often comment how beautiful the leaves were blowing in the wind outside her window. And she loved going to the garden and sitting among the trees and flowers. She lived a long and rich life, and she will be greatly missed by her large family.

She is survived by her children Roy Hagar, Marilyn Hagar and Laura Hagar, her grandchildren, Christine Mackie, Corinne Gartner, Erik, Gabriel and Eli Asarian, Jameson and Miranda Rush, and her great-grandchildren, Aidan and Noel Mackie, Andrew, Alex and Chase Asarian and Graham and Adam Gartner. Family services will be held in Palisade, NV in May on what would have been her 102nd birthday. Donations in her honor can be made to the Pope Valley Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 23, Pope Valley, CA 94567 or online at

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