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Georgia Ellen Haskell

May 18, 2019
Georgia Ellen Haskell
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Georgia E. Haskell, 92, formerly of Beaverton, late of Hillsboro, died Saturday, May 2019 at the R&R Adult Foster Care Home.

Georgia was born in Glendale, California, the much-loved youngest of three children. She came to faith in Jesus at age 14 at a summer camp and began looking for opportunities to grow in her faith. Several women among those early Navigators (“Navs”) discipled Georgia and taught her how to help others also.

At the young adults’ fellowship at Glendale Pres, Georgia met Bill Haskell, a brand-new believer with no church background whatsoever. Bill shared Georgia’s passion to know Christ and share Him with others. So they wasted no time at all in getting engaged, and married, in 1951.

Their first child, Greg, was born in 1953, and then Bill’s employer, Aetna, moved them to Des Moines, Iowa in 1956. There they welcomed regular visits from Navstaff who encouraged and equipped them to share their faith and to train others.

Their second son, Mark, was born in 1956, and then Bill and Georgia moved to Oakland, California, for more intensive Nav training. Their third son, David, was born there in 1959.

Bill was then invited to direct the Long Beach Servicemen’s Center. While Bill focused on reaching sailors, Georgia invested her life in young women working at the Center. Those friendships endured for decades.

Bill and Georgia went on to serve with The Navigators in Colorado Springs, and then in Costa Rica and Mexico, before they returned to California. Bill resumed work for Aetna that then transferred the family to Portland, Oregon in 1970. Eventually both Bill and Georgia entered public service with the State of Oregon.

Georgia’s heart to “weep with those to weep and rejoice with those who rejoice” endeared her to many a young woman. Bill and Georgia took early retirement to rejoin Navstaff as international staff shepherds in community ministry. They passed their passion and vision for the world on to their sons through friendships around the globe. All of their sons have served, together with their wives, both in the US and abroad.

At the same time, their sons are grateful that Bill and Georgia chose to put down roots in Portland as a “home base” for their children and grandchildren. There is a wonderful sense of security in having a home to return to! We cherish countless fond memories of family times together at “Grandma’s house” and at Cannon Beach Conference Center.

This past Monday, May 13, during a distressing heart attack, Georgia expressed confidence that she was “in the Lord’s hands” and “headed home.” As it turned out, she lingered for five days to delightedly welcome extended visits with each of her sons and their wives, and to talk with each of her grandchildren.

We reiterated what she knew well: that we are so very grateful for her having loved us for a lifetime, and that we were among many others who feel that way.

Georgia was welcomed with open arms and an enthusiastic “Well done!” by the Lord Himself on Saturday afternoon, May 2019.


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Graveside

Wednesday

22

May

1:30 PM 5/22/2019 1:30:00 PM
Willamette National Cemetery

11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd
Portland, OR 97086

Willamette National Cemetery
11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd Portland 97086 OR
United States
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