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Paula R. Hansen

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. -- Paula Rosalie Hansen, 95, of Mercer Island, Wash., died Friday, March 25, 2005, at Mercer Island Care & Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Hansen was born Dec. 4, 1909, in Le Mars, the daughter of Rose and John Hoffman Sr. Her closest relatives knew her as "Fritzi," and her grandchildren and their friends knew her as "Grandma Maggie."

Mrs. Hansen attended St. Mary's College of Notre Dame and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in chemistry and commerce. She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority and Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, she worked as a Carnegie librarian. She excelled in scholarship, classical piano, sports and ballroom dancing.

When she married, she devoted her time to raising her children and managing a home office for her husband's sales career. After moving to Mercer Island in 1955, she became an avid gardener and member of the Mercer Island Garden Club, as well as a volunteer on the Mercer Island Library Board.

She was a prolific needlepointer. Mrs. Hansen studied Asian and Egyptian artwork to incorporate the designs and color palettes into her own needlework. She enjoyed collecting antiques with her husband.

Mrs. Hansen's love of animals ranged from her own dogs, Topsy, Maggie and Misty, to the whole family menagerie. The dogs knew she was the weak link at the Thanksgiving table and preyed on her generosity time after time.

She cherished her family and was active in their lives. She had special relationships with each and will be remembered as being fiercely loyal and forward thinking. She instilled in them her love for education, the arts, economics and politics.

Her husband, Donald O. Hansen, died in 1967.

Survivors include her children, Stephen Hansen and his wife, Kathy, of Mercer Island, Barbara Jones of Bellevue, Wash.; her grandchildren, Chris Jones of Tigard, Ore., Ted Jones of White Salmon, Wash., Jane Jones Zerbe (Alex) of Olympia, Wash., Nathan Hansen of Anchorage, Alaska, and Kate Hansen Hollywood (Tom), of Tucson, Ariz.; and great-granddaughter, Charlotte Rose Jones.

At her request, no services will be held.

Remembrances are suggested to the King County Humane Society Pet Food Bank.