VEAZIE and GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Tara Suzanne Hackett passed away March 11, 2013, at her home in Gaithersburg, Md. She was born Nov. 19, 1988, at a Bangor hospital, the daughter of Mark and Suzanne (Snowman) Hackett of Veazie.
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Tara attended Bangor High School, where she
excelled academically and threw herself into numerous extracurricular activities, including chorus and jazz choir, speech and debate, basketball, cross-country and track, student council and drama, where she played the lead in Bangor High School's production of Aida. She loved writing, served as editor of the school newspaper, was a National Honor Society member and speaker at her commencement ceremony. Tara thrived as a JROTC cadet, where she was able to combine her strong desire to serve her country and her love of intense physical challenges. She wore out countless pairs of running shoes preparing for walks, road races and marathons. If the national anthem needed singing she was at the ready with her pitch pipe and microphone. She had a deep love of music, movies, books, iced coffee - "hazelnut with cream and liquid sugar please" - the elderly and animals - real and stuffed. "Tara-bear" could pull movie, song and book lines from her vast bank of entertainment trivia. Upon graduation in 2007, Tara received several awards, including the Superintendent's Award. She received a full Naval scholarship to attend the University of Maine. She went on to graduate with high honors from the School of Nursing in 2011 and was presented with Eastern Maine Medical Center's award for Outstanding Leadership. During this time she became an active member of Church of Universal Fellowship, Orono, where she developed an even deeper faith in Christianity. She was commissioned into the U.S. Navy and was stationed at world-renowned Walter Reed Army Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. She was granted her first choice of duty and began fulfilling her dream of caring for our nation's heroes on the Wounded Warriors Unit. Her deep commitment and tender, tireless care of our injured soldiers exemplified her selfless nature. While in Gaithersburg, Md., she formed many close bonds and became a giving member of the community. She joined First Baptist Church, Gaithersburg, Md., auditioned and was chosen to sing with the National Christian Choir, based in Washington, D.C. No written word or verbal expression can accurately portray the wonder that was Tara. Her "Grammy" Snowman never tires of telling her grandchildren: "you are a unique, one-of-a-kind masterpiece of the most high God - there's no one exactly like you." She was an immensely kind, loving, compassionate, sensitive, insightful, exceedingly generous, principled and romantic being, with a sharp wit, astute mind, fierce determination and willful nature.
Tara was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Mary Gloria (Paddock) and Edward William Hackett of Orono. Surviving to honor her memory are her parents, Mark and Suzanne (Snowman) Hackett; her two brothers, Zachary Marcus and Lucas Alan; her dog, Brady, all of Veazie; her maternal grandparents, M. Stanley and Barbara (West) Snowman of Millinocket; many loving and attentive aunts, uncles and cousins. The family extendd special thanks to the U.S. Navy, in particular Command Chief PSC (AW) Misty Sileno of NOSC, Bangor, and to the many friends who have reached out to offer their love and support. To borrow a line from Don Mclean's Vincent, "this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you."
Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family to honor Tara's memory 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where funeral services with full military honors will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, with the Rev. Lorna Grenfell officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, Wednesday after the service. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
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Published in BDN Maine from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2013