Obituary of Shirley Hansen
Shirley R. Hansen, 92, of Carmel, Indiana, former long-time resident of Naples, Florida, passed away at the St. Vincent Carmel Hospital, on May 12, 2017, after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving daughters.
Beloved mother of Christine Brown Pezzella of Forest Hill, MD and Sally Leath of Westfield, IN; cherished grandmother of five grandchildren, Matthew A. Leath (Jen) of Fishers, IN; Emily A. Leath O’Dell (Matthew) of Flower Mound, TX; Jennifer L. Brown of Dover, DE; Robert A. Brown and Thomas S. Brown, both of Baltimore, MD. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren: Abigail and Nicholas Leath, Ellie and Henry O’Dell, Madison Zimmet, Andrew, Emily and Abby Orme; nieces Kimberly Anderson Jennings (David), Dana Stanley Houk (Roger), and nephew Alan G. Anderson Jr. She also survived by several great-nieces and nephews.
Shirley was preceded in death by her dear mother and father, Ruth Pettit Anderson and Elie Anderson, her beloved brother Alan G. Anderson, loving husbands Daniel E. Stanley and Stanley F. Hansen, and a dear nephew John E. Stanley (Theone).
She was born in Chicago, IL, on October 21, 1924, and grew up in Oconomowoc, WI. After graduating from Oconomowoc High School, Shirley went on to Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. She interrupted her studies to join the U. S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve during World War II. After the war, Shirley returned to college to study Fine Arts/Art Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She was an accomplished watercolor artist and created hundreds of beautiful paintings. She was also the author of several books of poetry and inspirational writings relating to grief and loss, which also contain images of many of her paintings.
During her working years she was a secretary for several companies, including Robertson's Department Store (advertising department) in South Bend, IN; Hall and Hunter Realtors, Birmingham MI; and The Methodist Children’s Village, Redford, MI. She also worked in customer service positions at Computer Book Service in the Chicago area in the Emergency and Outpatient Departments at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, IL.
Shirley and her second husband, Stanley F. Hansen, previously resided in Ludington MI, and in the Long Shore Lakes community in Naples. After his death, she moved to the Aston Gardens Senior Community at Pelican Marsh in Naples until March 31, 2017, when she moved to Carmel, Indiana to be near family. As a proud military veteran, she was thrilled to be a part of the first Collier County Honor Flight to Washington DC on November 9, 2013. She also participated in other local veteran activities. Shirley was a long time member of the Sons of Norway (Scandia Lodge) in Naples, and the Long Shore Lakes Women’s Club.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017 in the ballroom at Aston Gardens at Pelican Marsh, 4800 Aston Gardens Way, Naples, FL, 34109. If so inclined, the family suggests that friends consider donations in her memory to http://www.collierhonorflight.org/donate. Donors can support the mission of the organization at any level and learn more by visiting the above website or calling them at (239) 777-9295.