Alice Marguerite Harby

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Alice Marguerite Harby (Lopp)

Birthplace: Seattle, King County, Washington, United States
Death: April 13, 1993 (86)
Seattle, King County, Washington, United States (Cancer)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Thomas Lopp and Ellen Louise Lopp
Wife of Horace Harby
Sister of Lucy Alaska Lopp; Katharine Kittredge Johnson; Weyana Schaal; Dwight Thomas Lopp; Sarah Louise Dick and 2 others

Occupation: Seattle Parks Dept.
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About Alice Marguerite Harby

Alice Harby, 86; She Became Sort Of A Grandmother To Everyone' Apr 18, 1993 Jolayne Houtz For years during family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas, Alice Lopp Harby would produce a children's play, writing out the scripts and making sure each child in the family had a role.

Mrs. Harby's interest in children continued throughout her life, and she seemed to have a magical way with them that never left her.

Mrs. Harby died of cancer April 13 at age 86.

Children and the outdoors were driving forces in her life, recalled her nephew, Gordon W. Dick of Seattle. If the activity involved children and the outdoors, so much the better.

Mrs. Harby was a lifelong Seattle resident who graduated from the University of Washington in 1929 with a degree in physical education.

She immediately went to work for the Seattle Parks Department and stayed until she retired in 1952.

As the supervisor of South Park playground in South Seattle, Mrs. Harby was in charge of athletic events and leagues, craft programs and children's productions. She often took Dick or other children in the family to work with her. She also worked at Alki Beach Park for a time.

She married later in life to Horace Harby, a former classmate at Roosevelt High School. Both had graduated in 1925 and gone their separate ways until they met again through the Mountaineers, a Seattle outdoors group.

After their marriage, Mrs. Harby retired so she could help raise Mr. Harby's three young children from a previous marriage.

As the children grew, the couple increasingly grew interested in traveling.

"There weren't too many places they hadn't traveled to," Dick said. They also hosted exchange students from many different countries.

Mrs. Harby was a member of the University Congregational Church since 1920 and volunteered in numerous church activities. At age 80, she offered her services as a lifeguard during a church outing when an extra one was needed.

She was open and accepting of others, said the Rev. Gail Crouch of the University Congregational Church. "Especially in her later years, she became sort of a grandmother to everyone," Crouch said. "I was always amazed to watch the children sort of attach themselves to her."

Mrs. Harby was active in numerous organizations, including the Caledonian Society, the China Club, the Ravenna-Bryant Garden Club, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Girls. She recently donated her ceremonial Camp Fire gown to the organization's museum.

She loved hiking, skiing, swimming - almost any excuse to be active, Dick said, adding, "There was a warmth to her that the family will miss."

Besides her husband, she is survived by a stepson, Clifford Harby of Seattle; two stepdaughters, Sylvia Hutton of Pullman and Julia Murray of Seattle; a sister, Weyana Schaal of Seattle; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Univeristy Congregational Church, 4515 16th Ave. N.E. The family requests memorials to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers.

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Alice Marguerite Harby's Timeline

July 20, 1906
Seattle, King County, Washington, United States
April 13, 1993
Age 86
Seattle, King County, Washington, United States