Anne Elizabeth Hauser Sola: 1923-2019

Aug 20, 2019

Anne Elizabeth Hauser Sola passed away at the age of 95 on January 16th. Like Dad, she died in the hospital they helped to create. This comes just a month after the passing of her only daughter, Norma. She lived a long and full life, especially after marrying Ole. He promised her eggs as big as diamonds, but first there was an internship in Tucson and then a residency in Des Moines, Iowa.

After returning to the Northwest they built their home in Edmonds, where they lived since 1959. They and their friends Del Barton, Ken Caplinger, and Charles Shepherd soon campaigned for and helped fund Stevens Memorial Hospital. She was office manager for Dad for many years while raising four children: Doug, Rick, Norma, and Will.

She enjoyed golfing and swimming, and they both introduced us to competition at Klahaya pool. I still swim to this day and thank them for it. They also taught us an appreciation for music, starting with and ranging from Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne to Alan Sherman. Locally they could never hear enough of their friend Walt Wagner.

After the hospital was up and running, they and their friend Harry Spake started to create the Resort at Wapato Point, which Ole liked to refer to as Waikiki East. In the mid-sixties they began the first of 35 annual winter trips to Australia to do medical research at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Early on, they became friends with Dr. Byron Kakulis and his wife, Valerie, and their cousin, fishing industrialist Michael Kailis and his wife, Patricia.

Mom was especially fond of:

Jana Harvey: Thanks for being the spirit of Stevens Hospital for as long as I can remember.

The late Dr. Ron Waltz, his staff and his lovely wife, Katie: Thanks for keeping the folks going for so many years. You exemplified compassion and competence at its best.

The late Dr. David Wallen: Long gone but never forgotten.

The late Bessie B. Haines: All of us will always be indebted to you for your loving and longtime help. You were one of the family.

The late Anne Nelskog: Friends from the first time they met.

Carol Simons: You were her friend till the end.

Jan and Sherry: You were her newest best friends; thank you for taking her to church for the past few years.

Dick Major: Best mailman ever; you were like a son to her.

Neighbors Herman and Henne VanDreusen, Jim and Rica Connor, and Karen Remick: She enjoyed her neighborhood walks so much more because of you and your friendships.

Kim Pierce and Norma Sola-Pierce: She couldn’t have asked for a better son-in-law and daughter. Sunday dinners, parties, business help, and advice. She loved your boys, Erik and Kevin, and his wife, Hayley.

Will and Jody Sola: You were amazing whenever you’d come to town and organize events like birthday parties. She was delighted that she could see your kids, Crystal, Nicole, Jake, and Taryn.

Thanks to Rick Sola, Becki French, and their daughter Kaare Sola for being there when it mattered most. Rick cooked weekly dinners and accompanied her to doctors’ visits, lunches with Kaare in the city, and walks around the neighborhood.

Cousin Tammy: She looked forward to seeing you; thanks for coming back into our lives.

Jim Sola and his wife Pam: You’ve had a very special place in our hearts for a very long time.

Daughter-in-law Ester, who loved her and she loved right back. You adopted each other. Dad was right; she is a little diamond.

Walt Wagner: Some of the most special family occasions of the last 40 years were spent dining and listening to your music at Canlis. They loved you even more than your music, if that’s possible.

The staff and administration at Swedish-Edmonds Hospital: Thank you for treating her like royalty.

A special thank you to Trinity Lutheran Church, Pastor Hector Garfias-Toledo, and Pastor Mark Reitan. She attended services, baptisms, weddings, and Celebrations of Life there since the early sixties.

Mom, one of the last things you said to us was, “I did the best I could.” You did good.

Love forever,

The family

 

There will be a columbarium service at 1:30 on August 30th at Edmonds Cemetery in Westgate.

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