January 9, 1928 – Alhambra, Alberta
July 7, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
Marietta (Mickey) Hanson, dear wife of Henry Hanson (deceased), mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away ever so peacefully on Sunday, July 7, 2019 with her children at her side.
Born and raised on her beloved Heatherdale homestead at Alhambra, Alberta, she spent her childhood on the farm wrapped in Scottish family traditions. It was there that she developed her enduring loves: family, animals, gatherings, bagpipes, Highland dance, neighbours, sports, and children. As a young woman, Marietta moved to Red Deer to work. She played softball for the Red Deer Buffaloes and was proud of her years with the team. This is where she picked up the nickname Mickey. She met Henry and in 1948 they were married. They traveled extensively around Alberta and Saskatchewan with Henry’s job at Gulf Oil Canada (BA). After short stays in many small towns, she was happy to settle in Calgary in 1959. Marietta dedicated her life to her family. She enjoyed her children and nothing made her laugh more than having them around sharing stories and jokes. For thirty years, she also provided dayhome care for children of working parents. Strangers became like family. She was delighted to care for many of her grandchildren, too, which made for a deep connection across a new generation. Her kitchen door was always open. She adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always being there for them when they needed her the most. Mickey loved her Charleswood home, residing there independently until after her 91st year. Her neighbours were an extension of family, providing her with a social network, friendship and support throughout the years. A special thank you to Andrew Marshall for all the kindness he selflessly extended to our mom. Mickey enjoyed knitting. Each of her grandchildren always had a warm, handmade sweater for winter with toques and socks to match. She always had a pet, walking her dogs on the hill behind her home, rain or shine. She proudly wore her kilt to the Robbie Burns function each year, tapping a toe to the bagpipes and clapping along with the Highland dancers. She was a true, proud Scotswoman.
Mickey is survived by her six children and their spouses, Ron (Srunn), Patrick (Donna), Rick (Kim), Lorraine Beaudry, Len (Brenda), and Tom (Linda); eighteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Murray Phillips (Lucille); sister Jeanette Godkin; brother-in-law Ron Hanson (Kathleen); and many nieces and nephews.
We love you Mom. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to all of us. Rest easy in heaven.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
In living memory of Marietta Hanson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences