Mary Alice Larson Hansen

December 20, 1915 - April 18, 2014
Mary Alice Larson Hansen

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Mary Alice (Larson) Hansen, a long-term resident of western Colorado and more recently of Hendersonville, NC, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 18, 2014, at age 98.

Mary Alice was born Dec. 20, 1915 in Chickasha, OK, the eldest daughter of Clarence and Clarice Larson. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, receiving her B.A. in English in 1937.

On June 25, 1939, Mary Alice married Kenneth Hansen. The family lived in the Midwest for the next 10 years. In 1949, they moved to Gunnison, Colorado, where they raised their three sons. Mary Alice maintained a home in Colorado for nearly 60 years. In 2009, she moved to Hendersonville to be near family.

Mary Alice was an active participant and leader in community and church groups, including P.E.O. She was a wonderful gardener, baker and artist, and loved the outdoors. An avid reader, she also enjoyed a good game of Scrabble. For nearly 40 years she pursued her passion for painting, particularly watercolors, winning several ribbons for her work. Most important, Mary Alice was an exceptionally loving and beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

Mary Alice was preceded in death by her husband Ken, who passed away in 1995, her sister Evelyn Claire Larson, and her brother Robert Larson. She is survived by her three sons ñ John (Judy) Hansen, Henry Hansen, and Chris (Jamia) Hansen-Murray; two former daughters-in-law, Peggy Hansen and Mary Hansen; six grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

A celebration and commemoration of Mary Aliceís life will take place this summer at Hillcrest Congregational Church in Montrose, Colorado, on Saturday, August 2nd, at 1:30 pm. Donations may be made in Mary Aliceís memory to the Western State Colorado University Foundation [Kenneth H. Hansen Memorial Education Scholarship fund, Western State Foundation, P.O. Box 1264, Gunnison CO 81230] or to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Foundation [Larson Memorial Medical Scholarship Fund, 1100 N. Lindsay, Oklahoma City, OK 73104].

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  • May 02, 2014
    Laura Sexton says:
    I had the great privilege of working with Mary Alice in Physical Therapy at the Bridge. She was so determined to be the best she could be - she was an inspiration to all of us! She was so proud of her sons; she always called you all her greatest accomplishment. Please know that you have my deepest sympathy and that she will be dearly missed.

  • May 06, 2014
    Gary and Judy Cyphers says:
    Mary Alice was like a second mother and we miss her greatly. She was a wonderful lady. You are all in our prayers. Love, Gary and Judy

  • May 07, 2014
    Janet says:
    To the family, may the God of Peace give you strength to continue in your thoughts and memory of your love one. One day as Revelation 21:3-5 states he will wipe out every tear from our eyes...which means what causes us to cry-Death. Sincerely, Janet FL