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In Loving Memory of Eloise Hause.....108 Great Years!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage South


In Loving Memory of Eloise Hause.....108 Great Years!


Today my double first cousin twice removed passed away.  I wrote about visiting her last summer, when she was still living in her home in Hartford, Alabama.  She celebrated her 108th birthday December 29th, 2009.



Eloise Hause



Eloise was an amazing lady, full of personality and mischief even in her advanced age.  She lived longer than all her siblings and cousins (with the exception of her cousin Nina who is still living), remaining in her own home until just a few months ago.  I'm not sure exactly when it was that she agreed to allow someone to stay with her at her house, but only a few years ago she was still piddling around in her yard which she loved!






Eloise and my grandmother, Lillian, were double first cousins, each were the first born children of their parents.  Their fathers were brothers (Hardwicks) who married sisters (Corbitts).  Eloise and my grandmother, and their siblings grew up together, their families lived in homes next to each other on family farmland in Geneva County, eventually moving to town.....Hartford, where they raised the next generation of kids, including my mom.


Eloise was the oldest of all the kids, but many of them lived into their 90s......my grandmother was 93 when she died in 1998.  We have great genes in our family!


Rest in peace Ella! 

Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Ann, that's quite a wry smile on Eloise's face.  In her passing it's obvious that love had something to do with a long life.  I heard that of kids born today 50% will see 100 years of life.  I hope theirs is as fulfilling as hers.  I was lucky enough to have enjoyed two great grandmothers who kept their mischeivious traits also.  God bless you both! 

Feb 11, 2010 01:33 PM
Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

God Bless Her! She really did look fabulous....

I wonder some days if I'm going to make 50, let alone 70 or 80! At this rate, I'll be selling real estate at that age and be pushing a walker while I'm doing it!

Scare me! Oh, and the next time we see each other, can you draw me a picture to explain...

"double first cousin twice removed"


Feb 11, 2010 01:44 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Ann I remember your lovely post about her - what an amazing lady and life she lived.  This picture of her shows the ' fiesty' in her - love it.  I'm sure she'll be missed.  Bless her and your family.

Feb 11, 2010 01:57 PM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Bless her heart, Ann :) 108 is a long lifetime of memories. You were lucky to have her for so long.


Feb 11, 2010 02:55 PM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I had to go Google "double first cousin." And then twice removed! And then 108! I wonder if it was the double good genes that led to a long and active life! RIP.

Feb 12, 2010 01:07 AM
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

Ann...my condolences about the passing of Eloise...108 - WOW! Cherise

Feb 12, 2010 05:58 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Wow... 108 years old is quite a life. She has seen plenty of things (ups and downs) in her lifetime.

Feb 12, 2010 11:33 AM
Beena Shah
Keller Williams Realty-Hoover - Birmingham, AL

Sorry for your loss. Ann, I know you all will miss her. It is impressive that she lived such an independent life for almost all her life. It is great that she got to enjoy her home and extended family for long time. There are so many lessons to be learned from a person who comes with all those life time experiences. My condolences to you and your family

I am glad to know you as friend. You are a wonderful and well balanced person. I plan to hang out with you for a long long time, let's just hope that I get to live over 100 like you. MY thought and prayers today will be dedicated to Eloise.


Feb 13, 2010 02:03 AM
Linda Yates
Foreclosure.com - Boca Raton, FL

Sorry for your loss - what a beautiful lady. It is wonderful that you have had a relationship with someone who has lived and loved a full like.

Feb 15, 2010 03:20 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Ann, What a wonderful thing to celebrate.. a life well lived and enjoyed... great genetics.  Enjoyed the post.

Feb 15, 2010 11:56 AM
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Ann, Eloise sounds like a remarkable woman!  A double first cousin - I have never heard of that before - how neat is that!  How does one live to be 108 years old? I chuckled when you wrote that she was full of mischief - that was probably what kept her around for so many years - her great personality.  From her picture she looks fiesty - I love it.  So, sad to hear of your loss. I am sure there will be many happy memories around the table remembering Eloise.  Thanks for sharing!

Feb 16, 2010 07:14 AM
Valerie Springer
Benchmark Mortgage nmls 2143 - Birmingham, AL
Home Loan Officer AL, FHA, VA, Conventional and Re

Ann, what a celebration of life!  To live 108 years and be active for the biggest marjority of that time.  What a wonderful testimony to her family and friends.  You do have great genes and I am wishing for you  your years to be as bountiful!

Feb 16, 2010 07:50 AM
Richard Dolbeare
Inactive - Wailuku, HI
Living the Hawaii Lifestyle

Hi Ann.  She looks pretty feisty in that picture, was she that way in life?

Feb 16, 2010 11:08 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Des Peres, MO


She must have been an awesome woman!  Just think about all she lived through..the depression, invention of the car, man on the moon, computers....cellphones.....amazing!

You are going to live a long time my friend!

Wishing you many happy memories of this special lady!!  She sounds like she was something else.

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Feb 16, 2010 01:09 PM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Isn't she precious?  I get tickled thinking about some of the stories she told me last summer about being the oldest cousin and how she aggravated her siblings and cousins!  At 107 years of age she was laughing about messing with the younger ones when she could drive, and relayed stories of having to apologize to her dad for being reckless in the family car while toting the younger ones around She enjoyed spinning the car in the farm sand and scaring the younger ones!  She was responsible but loved her status as the one in charge!

Feb 17, 2010 11:47 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Ann, wonderful story and the stories she had to tell of her life, things shes done and the changes she has witnessed in this world I'm sure were priceless. 

So, how many points do you think you'll have in AR when you reach 100???

Feb 17, 2010 01:07 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Ann, How nice to hear that she lived a long, happy life (with most of it at home).  God Bless her!

Feb 18, 2010 03:45 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Sorry for your loss, Ann.  She looks like she had a lot of spunk.  And she certainly led a full life.

Feb 19, 2010 01:11 PM
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC


I'm so sorry I missed this post earlier.  I remember your original post about this amazing woman.  My prayers and sympathies are with you and your family.

Feb 19, 2010 02:08 PM
Tom Horn
Thomas Horn, Real Estate Appraiser - Alabaster, AL
Appraising The American Dream

Hey Ann,

That's a great story.  My wifes family is from Hartford, I'll bet they knew Eloise.

Mar 04, 2010 01:19 AM