|4/12/2017 2:12:00 PM|
Alice Clarissa Egan Hanson, 86, died peacefully on March 22, 2017, with her family by her side.
Allie has a fabulous husband, Jay, and six children: Charlene, Cindy, Michael, Clarissa, Janie, and John, oldest to youngest. She has eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a sixth great-grandchild on the way. She loved her family and friends very deeply, and the intensity of that love for all of us will be our guiding light.
Allie was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 1930, to John and Clarissa Egan. She loved her Papa, Mama and her older sister, Marthe, as much as any human can love another, and we smile thinking of her reunion with them.
Allie attended Grinnell College, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Minnesota. She taught first grade in the St. Paul city school system for five years before becoming a full-time mother, a job she handled with wit, passion and intense love.
Life's journey took her from St. Paul to Windom, to Freehold, N.J., then to Canon City, Colo. Allie's life in Windom was blessed with many lifelong friendships and Windom's goodness and class became a part of who she was.
In Canon City, Allie found her Shangri-La 30 years ago. Her love of the Colorado sky and great open spaces, the view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from her home and the incredible people of Canon City, all made her last 30 years joyful. Canon City's mild winters, compared to Windom's, made her life especially pleasant!
Windom, Canon City and Shell Lake, Wis., her grandparents' "camp" on a lake, shall remain holy ground in our hearts because these three places are so much of who she was.
Allie was an artist, moving from sculpting, to painting and then to quilting. Her paintings and quilts are treasured family heirlooms. Allie and Jay have refinished hundreds of pieces of furniture, have re-caned half a million chairs and are the best counted-cross-stitchers in the world.
Allie had the rather eccentric hobby of collecting humorous obituaries, as she was a junkie of fine literature. With that said, one of Allie's last wishes was to please have patience with Jay, as he has slowed a bit, and for heaven's sake keep him off ladders and the roof!
A memorial service was held at the United Presbyterian Church in Canon City, Colo., on Friday, March 31. Her ashes shall be interred this summer at Shell Lake, Wis., next to the remains of many people she loved.
Please consider gifts in her memory to the United Presbyterian Church, 701 Macon Avenue, Canon City, CO 81212.