HANSEN, Gladys "Marjorie" (nee Martin)


HANSEN, Gladys "Marjorie" (nee Martin)~September 2, 1920 – June 8, 2011~Marjorie Hansen passed away peacefully at Three Hills Continuing Care on Wednesday, the 8th day of June, 2011, at 90 years of age. She is survived by: son Don (Jeanette) and their sons Carl (Tara) and family of Vancouver and Maxim (Tiffany) and family of Kelowna, and daughters Elsa and Johanna of Kingston; son Roy (Arlene Donnelley) and his son Vaughn (Laurie) and family of Calgary and daughter Vicky-Jo (Kevin Bertram) and family of Carbon: and son Jon (Heather) and their daughters Katrina of Calgary and Anna of Regina; (including 12 great-grandchildren) and other extended family members. She was pre-deceased by her mother Eileen Martin in 1960, her father Charles Martin in 1986, husband Thomas in 1980 and brother Donald Martin in 1992. Marjorie was born in Youngstown and moved with her family to the Carbon area in 1929. She graduated from Carbon High School and entered Nursing School at the Calgary General Hospital. She left nursing school early to marry Thomas Hansen in December 1940. Initially living in Carbon they moved to Red Willow where Tom bought grain and Don and Roy were born in 1943 and 1945. In 1948 they moved to the west coast where Tom was the day school teacher for the Kwakiutl Indians and Marjorie used her nursing skills to contribute to the community's health. In 1952, the year of Jon's birth, they moved to the farm north of Carbon where years of hail damage to their crops motivated Tom to return to teaching at Carbon while continuing to farm. Marjorie was an enthusiastic farmer, particularly enjoying combine driving, raising poultry and gardening. She returned to school and obtained a BEd degree as a Canada Centennial Project and taught at Trochu Valley School from 1968 to 1976. During this time she developed a keen interest in pottery and produced many fine pieces on the wheel. After Tom's passing in 1980, she was re-married to Floyd Rourke for six years. Marjorie pursued many interests, including travel, hand crafts (stained glass and carpentry), square dancing, gardening (winning prizes in many gardening shows), playing bridge, visiting at the hospital, church work. She was on the library board every where she lived and was involved the creation of the Marigold Library System. A Memorial Service will take place 2 PM Saturday, 18th of June, 2011 at Knox United Church in Three Hills. If desired, donations may be made to Knox United Church in her memory.