Good times, happy smiles
Alison Ann Hartnett
  • 54 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 27, 1959
  • Place of birth:
    Albany, Georgia, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 28, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    La Jolla, California, United States
It's a family affair, it's a family affair.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Alison Hartnett, 54, born on June 27, 1959 and passed away on January 28, 2014. We will remember her forever.

She is survived by her husband Terrence Hartnett, daughter Jennifer Eller, son Michael Hartnett, parents Dolores and Franklin Eller, sister Cynthia Eller, brother Peter Eller, niece Kelly Eller, nephew JP Eller, brother Jim Eller, nephew Jimmy Eller, as well as her dog Jack and other friends and family she has loved over the years. 

Her celebration of life memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1st, at the home of her parents, Dolores and Franklin Eller. 

We miss Alison's strength, giving manner, love for her family, and spirited attitude as we reflect upon our time together.  We encourage family and friends to use this website to share memories, photos, stories, prayers, and as a form of remembrance.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 27th June 2016

"Dear Alison - it has been so long since you have been gone.  I miss you every day.  I remember you especially today on your birthday.  I am making your favorites - tortellini salad and German chocolate cake.  We had some wonderful times celebrating your birthday.  Wishing you peace until we meet again.  Sisters always and forever. Happy Birthday!!  Love you, Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 27th June 2016

"Happy Birthday Mom! I love you! xxxooo"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 28th January 2016

"Mom, you are in my heart and in my prayers.  Tonight someone said to remember that you are a daughter of God and that gave me some comfort.  Love always."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 27th January 2016

"Thinking of you my dear sister Alison.  Sisters always and forever. Love you, Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 27th June 2015

"Happy Birthday Alison!  I baked a German Chocolate cake in your honor with your favorite coconut-pecan frosting.  You would have loved it!  Miss you!  Sisters always and forever!!  Love, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 27th June 2015

"Happy birthday Mom. Love you and miss you."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 11th May 2015

"Dear Alison - thinking of you on Mother's Day.  You were a wonderful mom to Jennifer and Mike.  We miss you. I love you.  Sisters always and forever.  Love, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 5th April 2015

"Dear Alison - I am thinking of you and wish you were here with us! Love you always and forever!  Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 6th March 2015

"Dear Alison - I found your beautiful message.  Thank you so much!  
I love you too!  Sisters always and forever!  Love, Cindy   XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 6th March 2015

"I've been missing you a lot lately. I wish you were here with us."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 29th January 2015

"Mom, I miss you and think of you every day. Today I went on a long drive and listened to some music you loved.  I also stopped by the Solana Beach donut place and we had King's Garden for dinner.  I made a promise to you today. I love you."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 28th January 2015

"Dear Alison - I have so many wonderful memories that keep you with me in my heart!  I loved your beautiful smile and laugh and your goofiness at times!  I remember going to the beach with you in Hawaii when we were kids and playing in the sand and riding the waves together, and a few years ago going to Cardiff beach with you, Terry, Jennifer, Mike and Jack!  I remember our picnics at San Dieguito Park playing badminton and croquet.  I remember the fun we had taking horseback riding lessons when we lived in Virginia.  I remember you sending me cookies at Christmas time when you lived in Florida. I remember the many pool parties we had over the years for birthdays and other special occasions.  I remember having lunch with you at Samurai Restaurant and other Japanese restaurants - you loved the miso soup, steak teriyaki and tempura.  I remember how much you loved the Snow White Chicken from King's Garden.  We had such a nice time at Sea World nights.  We had fun baking Christmas cookies and fruitcake.  Last year we had a lot of fun at our New Years Eve celebration - everyone loved all of the great food we prepared, including the cheese puffs and meatballs!  Of course I will always remember how much you loved German chocolate cake!  When I admire your flower pen bouquets or ring one of your bells I can feel you close by.  You loved going to garage sales with Terry and always found a good deal - you had a wonderful Barbie collection.  You found beautiful crystal dolphins for me!  I remember playing with our Barbie dolls together when we were young!  I love to wear the blue topaz ring you gave me, and spritz on your favorite White Shoulders perfume.  When I see the hummingbirds outside I think of you!  The wildflowers Dad planted in your memory are growing.  I can't wait for them to bloom!  We miss you so much Alison.  You were a wonderful sister, daughter, wife, mother, aunt and friend.  You will live in our hearts forever.  I love you so much Alison, my beautiful Sister, my Friend.  Love, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Barbara Strzelecki on 28th January 2015

"Loved you yesterday. Love you today. Will love and remember you forever!!"

This tribute was added by Frank Eller on 28th January 2015

"Dear Alison,
I miss you so much_always and forever.
I spread out some wildflower seeds and planted
some daffodil bulbs in memory of you
and they are beginning to come up.
Love,
Dad"

This tribute was added by Maureen Gurka on 28th January 2015

"Dear Alison I can't believe its been a year since you have been gone. I think of you often and wish I can pick up the phone and call you. I thank your family for all the special gifts they brought to me and I hold them dear to my heart. Love and forever in my heart XOXOXO Maureen"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 27th January 2015

"Dear Alison - I miss your beautiful smile and great laugh!!  Love you always and forever!  Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 26th January 2015

"Love you Alison."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 22nd January 2015

"Love you Alison.  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 22nd January 2015

"Dear Alison -

May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind always be at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.  And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Please God take good care of my sister.  Peace be with you Alison.  Love, Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 22nd January 2015

"Alison - I treasure the times we spent together and they are locked inside my heart, for as long as I have those memories we will never be apart.  Love you, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 22nd January 2015

"Dear Alison:  I miss you so much!  I wish I had been able to do something to save you.  I have your flower pen bouquets in my room.  They are beautiful and remind me of you every day.  I hope to be with you again someday.  I love you.  Sisters always and forever.  Love, Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 27th December 2014

"Dear Alison - I was thinking of you today when I went to the Corner Bakery Café and bought your favorite treat  - maple pecan bar.  I gave JP a taste and he really liked it.  I remember our visits to the Corner Bakery Cafe and how much you enjoyed this delicious dessert.  Love you, Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 25th December 2014

"Merry Christmas dear Alison.  Peace and love forever.  Miss you.  Love, Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 27th November 2014

"Dear Alison  - I miss you so much.  I wish you were here for Thanksgiving.  I remember how you loved to chomp on the huge turkey leg.  Love you always and forever.  Sisters for eternity."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 7th September 2014

"Dear Alison, I am thinking of you and missing you.  Love you always and forever, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 26th August 2014

"Alison - I wish you were here for my birthday.  Today I wore the beautiful blue topaz ring you gave me and sprayed on some of your favorite White Shoulders cologne.  I also had a birch beer with my lunch today.  Miss you so much. Love, Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 22nd August 2014

"Mom,

The other day I was wishing I could hold your hand and give you a hug.  I miss you.

Love,
Jennifer"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 20th August 2014

"Alison - You are so beautiful to me!  Miss you, love, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 29th July 2014

"Miss you Alison.  Love Always, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 13th July 2014

"Alison I made a big bowl of tortellini salad - I wish you were here to share it with us.  Love you, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 4th July 2014

"Dear Alison - I wish you had been here today.  Miss you so much.  We had your favorite  - watermelon  - you would have really enjoyed it.  Love you, Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 29th June 2014

"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day.  Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.  Alison you will always be in our hearts.  Love you, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 27th June 2014

"My Dear Sister Alison in Heaven Above, I miss you so much. Wishing you a Happy Birthday.  

Jennifer and I went to Samurai for your birthday.  I had your favorite meal (miso soup, California roll, steak teriyaki, rice, and shrimp & vegetable tempura).  It was delicious!  We will have a piece of German Chocolate cake later tonight.  I hope you can see the beautiful roses I bought for your birthday.  They have a beautiful fragrance.  

Peace be with you.  Love you always and forever.  Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 27th June 2014

"Mom, today would have been your 55th birthday. Right now I'm drinking some hot chocolate and later Cindy and I will be going to Samurai.  I love you.  Happy Birthday."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 28th May 2014

"Love you Alison."

This tribute was added by Maria Derksen on 25th May 2014

"Dear Alison, It was wonderful to get the little Mickey Mouse in the mail last week. It reminded me of good old days. Getting up early in the morning to check out the yard sales. Yes my dear friend you got me hooked. I went many times but going together was the most fun. The flowers are in my window, oh how I had wished you could have visited me here on the other side of the ocean, and saw the view yourself. You will be always in my heart dear friend. As you were my first and most loyal friend I had in San Diego. I miss you little silly note's and treasure the poem you wrote to me in my memorie book. love you forever."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 11th May 2014

"Dear Alison:  Happy Mother's Day!  We really miss you.  We had a wonderful trip to Big Sur - it was as beautiful as you said it was.  Jennifer was a great driver!  We hiked up to Pfeiffer Falls - and it was amazing.  We had a great campsite.  One night we cooked your favorite - popcorn on the campfire - it was delicious.  We also made S'Mores.  We went to a special place Mike found at Pfeiffer Beach and went to a beautiful area on Big Sur River.  You were in our hearts the entire trip and I wish you had been there also.  Love you so much.  Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 10th May 2014

"Mom I know you would have really been happy about our family trip to Big Sur. It was beautiful.  I miss and love you. I even miss you complaining about my driving which I know you would have had a lot to say about on this trip. Wish you were here. Love always,  Jennifer"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 3rd May 2014

"Dear Alison:  Love you always and forever.  Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 2nd May 2014

"Dear Alison.  I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.  I thought about you yesterday, and the days before that too.  I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.  All I have are memories and a picture in a frame.  Your memory is a keepsake, from which I'll never part.  God has you in his arms.  I have you in my heart."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 28th April 2014

"Alison - we had some of your favorite Boylan birch beer in your honor today.  JP tried it and really liked it.  Love you!  Cindy xxxooo"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 20th April 2014

"Happy Easter dear Alison! Your family loves and misses you!  Wish you were here.  Love you always and forever."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 19th April 2014

"Love you Alison."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 13th April 2014

"Alison - I wish you were still here.  I love you, Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 9th April 2014

"Hi Mom,

How are you? Where are you? Ever since I had that dream that you told me heaven was a distinct place I feel like I haven't felt your spirit - though there have been some strange things...I miss you and still feel it is unreal that you are not here.

With love,
Jennifer"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 6th April 2014

"Dear Alison - we are starting to plan our trip to Big Sur.  I know how much you loved it up there.  Miss you, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 31st March 2014

"If Roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me, Place them in my Sister's arms and tell her they're from me.  Tell Alison I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.  Because remembering Alison is easy, I do it every day, but there's an ache within my heart that will never go away."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 25th March 2014

"Dear Alison - Reiko was here today and we showed her pictures from the Celebration of Life.  She was amazed by the picture of your Barbie collection.  Reiko and her friend Norie really loved your flower pen bouquets.  I gave Reiko the small bell with the Japanese design and she rang the bell and will take it to Tokyo.  Love you so much, Cindy XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Allyson Smith on 23rd March 2014

"Dear Jennifer and Cindy,

You have done wonderful work on this beautiful tribute to your mother and sister, Alison. It's so beautiful and keeps her spirit alive forever. My mother and I enjoyed attending Alison's memorial a few weekends ago, and we are praying for the repose of her soul. It was also wonderful to see you and the rest of your family again, despite the sad circumstances. Just wish we had seen Alison more recently. She was a corker, and we always enjoyed visiting her. May she rest in peace and eternal light, and may God comfort you and your family."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 20th March 2014

"Alison - Mom and I went to the mass held for you this morning at St. James Church.  I hope you heard our prayers.  Peace be with you.  Love, Cindy"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 20th March 2014

"Mom I miss you."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 19th March 2014

"Alison - I was out yesterday and was lucky to be reminded of you in many places - saw a crystal rooster, a bell wind chime, and a mermaid Barbie doll.  Love you always and forever, Cindy"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 16th March 2014

"Love you Alison."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 14th March 2014

"Dear Alison, I heard from Reiko today.  I sent her one of the rose flower pens you made and she loved it.  Reiko is going to plant the wildflower seeds in a flower pot at her Tokyo apartment.  Love, Cindy"

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 11th March 2014

"Dear Alison:  Thinking of you, and missing you so much.  I am looking out at the beautiful flowers you planted in the flower boxes.  Dad planted some of the wildflower seeds in the backyard - I hope they bloom and grow forever!  Love, Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Barbara Strzelecki on 6th March 2014

"What wonderful memories those photos brought back to me.
Allison was always one of my favorite people from the time she was a baby until her passing. Her personality was wonderful and gave us lots of reasons to love her.
hopefully she is at peace and free of pain.
Will love you always!!!
Bobbie"

This tribute was added by Eva Walcek on 5th March 2014

"Alison I never had the pleasure of knowing you but I have had the pleasure of knowing your beautiful daughter Jennifer. I know you must have been special to have raised such a wonderful human being. You will live on forever in the hearts of your loved ones. May you rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Maureen Gurka on 4th March 2014

"My Dear childhood friend Alison I have such wonderful memories of the good times in we had when you visited your grandmothers house in White Bear !!! The long nights just laughing and talking sleeping on that wonderful big porch. The walks we took down the pump house.We loved going to Bingo with your grandmother. You absolutely loved our family and we loved you!!!  We laughed and laughed and talked and talked . Now you are reunited with a lot of those White Bear people that loved you so dearly and one day we will all be together with you in such a beautiful place so for now my dear friend may you rest in peace. Love ya  Alison."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 3rd March 2014

"Thinking of you Alison, Missing you!  We had a wonderful celebration on Saturday.  We rang your beautiful bells and shared your flower pens with everyone!  You would have loved all of the flowers.  Love you!  Cindy  XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Chris Carter on 3rd March 2014

"I forgot to read this at the memorial:

Our joys will be greater
Our love will be deeper
Our lives will be fuller
Because we shared your moment"

This tribute was added by Chris Carter on 3rd March 2014

"The celebration of life was so beautiful, I really got a sense of the spirited, stubborn, fun and caring person that Alison was. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that I was not the only recipient of her thoughtfulness; she seemed to touch all of us in her special way. I know that her spirit lives on through her wonderful family. I will plant my wildflower seeds and think of her."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 3rd March 2014

"Hi Mom,

Desiree wasn't able to make it on Saturday, but she sent this beautiful note over, which Andrea read at your celebration of life.

Jen and I became friends in junior high, so it was probably around then that I met Alison.  I don't have memories of our first meeting together but I do remember that I always felt welcomed and part of the family whenever I stopped by her place.  Growing up, I didn't go to a lot of friends' houses.  I had a big family with lots of cousins, so I would say Jen is one of the first friend's I had that invited me into her life.  When I think of Alison, I think of her laugh.  The carefree and uninhibited laugh.  It's contagious, and I remember that even in a heated debated with her and teenage Jen, she would crack the tension with her laugh, and Jen would start laughing too.  Alison always made me feel welcomed at her home by asking me questions, feeding me, letting me sleepover and being herself.  She would say what's on her mind, sharing her thoughts and opinion without filter, and that is so refreshing.  I always felt like I could tell her anything.  I feel so privileged to have Alison be a part of my childhood memories and I will always remember her....and her laugh"

This tribute was added by Michael Sunderman on 2nd March 2014

"Alison,

Thank you for being a great family friend. It's unfortunate you had to leave us too soon. You will be greatly missed and we will meet again someday. RIP."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Eller on 26th February 2014

"Mom, I love you."

This tribute was added by Cindy Eller on 20th February 2014

"Dear Alison, I miss you so much.  We will be sisters always and forever.  Love, Cindy  XXXOOO"


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