Virgie Gladys Hanson

Virgie Gladys Hanson


Surrounded by her family, Virgie Gladys Hanson passed peacefully away on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the age of 82 at Brookside Inn Nursing Home in Castle Rock, Colorado. 

Virgie was born in Redfield, South Dakota on December 29, 1936 to Virgil and Gladys Sisson, the seventh of nine daughters.  She was raised on the family farm where she and her eight sisters worked hard and were loved well.  She attended Redfield High School where she performed as a cheerleader and was a member of the Honor Society.  She was an accomplished pianist which played into her future choice of husband, Gaylord Heber Hanson.  Gaylord boasted a beautiful tenor voice and she regularly accompanied him.  Virgie graduated high school with honors in 1954 and continued on to college where she received her teaching certificate from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  She was married to Gaylord on April 3, 1955.  She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse outside of Seneca, South Dakota up until the time she joined Gaylord in Yokohama, Japan during his tour there with the U.S. Air Force.  She continued to teach while in Japan to a class of Japanese/American first graders.  After returning to the states, they began to build their family, and together, she and Gaylord raised four daughters.

Along with her love of music, playing classical piano and the organ, Virgie had a passion for creating every imaginable type of needlework art and was also an avid painter.  Many family members are in possession of her beautiful creations which will serve as a reminder of her marvelous talent.  Virgie will be long and fondly remembered for her strong faith, compassionate ear, devotion to family, and quick wit.  She was such a blessing to all who knew and loved her!

Virgie was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Floreine, Cloris, Arland, and Marlyce, and her first daughter born prematurely during their stay in Japan.   She is survived by her four daughters, Gayla, Rhonda, Janelle and Orianne; her grandchildren, Bryanna, Kyle, Kelsey, Landon, Carly and Bryson; her great-grandchildren, Joshua, Aleya, Emera and Braylen; her sisters, Marilyn, Donna, Sharyl and Jerrilyn, and countless nieces and nephews.

Interment and a celebration of life is being planned for June of 2020.