March 12, 1920 – May 26, 2020
Eileen Hacker (nee Smith), formerly of Warson Woods, MO on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 having recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family.
Eileen was a graduate of University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing, teaching nursing at Deaconess Hospital during WWII, serving roles in community nursing in SE MO and Kansas City, and serving on the board of the American Red Cross in several communities. Developing First Ladies programs, she became a member of the Missouri State Historical Society’s Speakers Bureau.
A consummate volunteer, Eileen served on the board of Manor Grove in Kirkwood and held various offices at Webster Groves Presbyterian church including president of the Women’s Association. She received the Woman of Distinction Award from the MAC for her various accomplishments. Eileen was also a DAR and P.E.O. member.
Preceding her in death, husband Col. Alden Hacker U.S.A. Ret. She leaves daughter Deborah Hacker Serra, (James), grand daughter Jennifer Guidry (John) and great grand daughter Samantha, sister Marilyn Otto (Don), niece Terri Parker (Dennis), and nephew Regan Roemer (Nancy).
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there will be a memorial service at a later date. Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made to the UM Sinclair School of Nursing rural clinic fund.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
June 8, 2020
Eileen and Alden Hacker were both held in high regard by members of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), St. Louis Chapter where I met them. I soon learned that respect for them extended to the national level. They gave so much of themselves and were especially dedicated to supporting the education of our youth.
I learned more about Eileen when, through her love of history, she began giving annual presentations to MOWW, St. Louis Chapter detailing the lives of United States First Ladies. Bit by bit, I learned the broad scope of her lifelong record of volunteer activities, several of which she organized and initiated under challenging circumstances. Ever modest about her contributions, Eileen was a natural leader and left a permanent mark on a multitude of people and organizations. I was privileged to nominate her as a Missouri Athletic Club Woman of Distinction in 2011, the first year of the award. No one was surprised when she was selected for her lifetime of stellar leadership in volunteer service.
As a member of the first class of Missouri University's baccalaureate program in nursing, Eileen started as a leader and remained one her entire life. Many have benefited from her selfless giving to others. I am honored to have had her influence in my life.