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Carol Lynn Hanson

December 31, 1969 — April 22, 2020

“I forgot to remember to forget,” by Elvis Presley.

Carol Lynn Hanson, loving mother and grandmother, 72, of Missoula, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Springs of Missoula- Footsteps Memory Care of natural causes.

Mom was born June 30, 1947 in Providence, Rhode Island to James and Catherine Saltonstall. In her younger years, Mom enjoyed picking wild blueberries and the occasional dinner out for Chinese or fish and chips.

In 1961, Mom completed Burrillville Grammar School in Mapleville, Rhode Island. She went on to graduate from Johnson and Whales Junior College of Business in Providence with a secretarial diploma in August 1966.

On June, 13, 1970, Mom married our father Eric Carl Hanson. Shortly after marriage they “headed out West” to start a family.

Mom created beautiful cross stitch, enjoyed “cookouts,” watching her “soaps” and the Price is Right. She loved her children as well as the many she helped while working as a para- professional at Frenchtown Elementary School. She was kind and gentle, quick to smile and make jokes. Always there to brighten the lives of others.

Forever in her heart, Mom was preceded in death by her parents, James and Catherine; her son Eric Carl Hanson II; and her husband Eric Carl Hanson.

Survivors include a very loving family including her sister Beverly Cesaroni of Rhode Island; daughters Tana Hanson of Washington, Lora Sullivan of Texas, Alice Howard of Frenchtown, and Sheryl Krzyzanowski of Missoula; seven grandchildren, Alan, Ryan, Elsie, Meredith, Raphael, George, and Hannah-Belle, close friend Elaine Eshleman of Missoula, and her extended family and friends on the East and West coasts.

“A beloved mother and grandmother, Mom was kind, gentle, and devoted her life to her family. She was a people person, quick to smile and make a joke. Mom was as strong as she was delicate. We will miss her deeply.” -Lora

“You cannot do kindness too soon because you never know how soon will be too late,” unknown author. “One of that last conversations I had with mom she asked if I had thanked everyone that helps me and my family. It was one of her many jobs to form us into good people. At that time, I realized I probably don’t show enough gratitude. To mom, I hope she knew how grateful I was for every hug, kiss, hand hold, homemade birthday cake, holiday, and just for being present. Thank you mom.” -Alice

“Words cannot do justice to describe how much mom means to us. Our family describes those who have passed as having a special light. She always showed a special brightness to everyone she met with a soft and kind smile that is best described as warm and motherly as only she could give.” -Sheryl

Reception to be held mid-July for family and close friends. Details to follow.
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