Anna Hansen Obituary

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Anna Marie Hansen

January 11, 1921 - February 1, 2014
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Mom's Last Written Dissertation of Her Life ~ written around 1980 I was born Jan. 11th 1921 in the state of North Dakota, and I was one of ten children, I was the fifth one. At age 14 (I think), my parents decided to move west. They had enough of the harsh severe cold weather in winter and the dust storms in the summer. We had a big gigantic auction sale in Oct. 1935, selling all our livestock, farm machinery and almost all our furniture. I am the only one of our family that never went back, not even for a visit. When we left, we got as far as Eastern Oregon. After several days, we arrived in a town called Nyssa, Oregon as we had...
Mom's Last Written Dissertation of Her Life ~ written around 1980

I was born Jan. 11th 1921 in the state of North Dakota, and I was one of ten children, I was the fifth one. At age 14 (I think), my parents decided to move west. They had enough of the harsh severe cold weather in winter and the dust storms in the summer. We had a big gigantic auction sale in Oct. 1935, selling all our livestock, farm machinery and almost all our furniture. I am the only one of our family that never went back, not even for a visit. When we left, we got as far as Eastern Oregon. After several days, we arrived in a town called Nyssa, Oregon as we had relatives living there. My father tried very hard to get a job, and after three weeks he got a job managing a 200 head cattle ranch near Parma, Idaho, which is across the Oregon border. There was a big two story house on the ranch. We moved in, and were there for almost two years, until the ranch was sold and we had to move again. This time we were heading for Tillamook, Oregon. When we got to Salem, Oregon we stayed. My father got a job in the cannery in West Salem for the season, but he still had the desire of going to Tillamook to get to work on a dairy farm or the cheese factory. As time went on, I, my sisters, and brother got into school, and we decided to stay. We rented a house between Salem and Turner (actually closer to Turner), so we went to the Turner schools. When school was out, my father bought a house in West Salem. By this time I was 16, and I got a job in the same cannery also. I graduated from North Salem High School in 1940. I tried very hard to get another kind of job, instead of cannery work. I hated it. There was a possibility for me to go to work in the shipyard in Portland, but somehow I felt insecure about it. I chose to go to Seattle, Washington to try getting work there instead, as I had an aunt living there. I found it just as difficult getting a job there. I started going to a small college (a bible college). I got a part time job in a jewelry store for a while, and then Payless Drug Store, and then a bakery. There were plenty of part time jobs, but I couldn't support myself and live in an apartment, so I went to working at domestic jobs. It consisted mostly of babysitting and getting free board and room, and wages doing light house work and going to school. After three years, I came home to live again, and tried getting a job in Salem. I finally got hired at the telephone office as an operator, and I liked the job very much. One Sunday morning, I met a young man at church, and we started dating. After two years of dating, we decided to get married on July 7th 1946. Six months later, I got pregnant. I stayed on at work for a few months and then took a maternity leave. However, I didn't go back when my leave was up. I thought I just couldn't leave my baby and go to work. Then nineteen months later, I had another baby boy. Then two years later, another baby boy came along. Finally, the caboose came along five years later, another baby boy. We bought a 2 acre farm, and wanted to give the boys an opportunity to farm life. My husband was working for the Statesman Journal office at the time. He was made field manager for the circulation department, and was transferred to the Woodburn area. So, we had to move on Valentine's Day in 1959. We rented a big house in Woodburn, but kept the farm in Salem for some reason or other. About two weeks after we got settled in, and the boys got started in school, they were all exposed to a dreadful flu epidemic, and we all got sick at the same time. My husband took sick last. I had to take him to the doctor, and he was ordered to the hospital immediately. His flu turned into pneumonia, and the next day he had a heart attack, and passed away four days later April 4th 1959. We stayed in Woodburn until that June. When school was out, we moved back to our little farm. I allowed the boys to have all and as many animals as they wanted. It kept them busy doing chores, and happy and out of trouble. Our little farm was like a miniature zoo and grand central station for their friends. As the time went, so did the boys, one by one, either for college, or the military. All too soon, I was faced with the empty nest syndrome. I went to work in the cannery, and worked until 1983, when I retired. I like traveling when I can. I made three trips to Norway where my oldest son Tom lives. Roger lives in Redding, California, and Jay lives in Salem and Ron lives in Portland. I have four grandsons, one granddaughter and one great grandson.

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