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May 27, 1952-April 14, 2018

Mary Anne Hansen peacefully passed away in her sleep at home, surrounded by her family on April 14. Mary Anne was an extraordinary mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. The foundation of her life centered on faith, family, career as a teacher, and helping others. She will be greatly missed.

Mary Anne was born in Spokane, WA on May 27, 1952. She was the second of ten children born to Jim and Mary Parker. She was raised in Shelby and graduated from Shelby High before attending Carroll College.

She graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1974 and accepted a teaching position in Deer Lodge. She taught for three years before marrying Hal Hansen on June 18, 1977. Their union lead to many happy years and they were blessed with eight children.

Following their marriage, the family moved to Helmville where Hal was the foreman of a family ranch. While at Helmville, Mary Anne mastered the art of cooking for the ranch hands and her family. They resided in Helmville until 1987 when the family moved back to Deer Lodge. The years spent in Helmville were some of the happiest of her life.

Shortly after relocating to Deer Lodge, her youngest son Michael, and Hal passed away. In order to support her family, Mary Anne continued her employment as a teacher. As a single mother she raised her children, continued to advance her education by receiving her master’s degree, and found ways to serve others. She taught until retirement in 2016. After retirement, Mary Anne enjoyed spending time visiting with the morning coffee group, following daily mass and serving others through meals on wheels.

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Mary Anne was most proud of her children. She spent countless hours supporting them in athletics, 4-H, and numerous other activities. Mary Anne stressed the importance of education and was pleased that her children all received a college education.

Mary Anne was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she taught religious education, served as a lector and eucharistic minister, and attended daily mass.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael and her husband, Hal. Survivors include children; Tom (Briana), Luke (Carlee), Brian, Craig (Kaley), Mary (Drew), Cory, and John (Megan); grandchildren Mary, Jacob, Emily, and Noah; parents Jim and Mary Parker; brothers Jim and Doug, sisters Jane (Dwight), Karen (Eric), Joan (Rock), Jeanne (Justin), Patty, Debbie, and Barbara; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary will be held Friday at 7:00 pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The funeral service will be Saturday at 11:00 am also at the Catholic Church, with a burial and reception to follow. Memorials may be made out to the Deer Lodge Senior Center.

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