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Hanson, Royann "Ann" Was born in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1944. She was the second of two daughters. She died on December 2, 2013 at the Mission Health Care in Bellevue, Washington. She was a recent resident of Redmond, Washington and a longtime resident of Northfield, Illinois. The pursuit of learning dominated her life. From an early age Ann was a prodigious reader. She graduated in three years from Bismarck High School in 1961 and received a B.A. degree in history from the University of North Dakota in 1965. Awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, she studied European history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Later she earned an M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois. Ann worked extensively in publishing and computer technology in New York and Chicago. Later in life she discovered the joy of being an educator. She loved working with young children and helping those with special needs. Ann's insatiable quest for learning carried her around the world where, as a modern Renaissance woman, she embraced ancient lands and modern civilizations. As one of her favorite authors, Ryszard Kapuscinski, wrote of Herodotus, so too for Ann, " the cultures of others are a mirror in which we can examine ourselves in order to understand ourselves better." A longtime member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston and St. Giles in Northbrook, Ann was a deeply spiritual person. She lived a life of wisdom, compassion, and loving kindness. One of her favorite quotes was from Julian of Norwich: "God is our true peace; he is our sure keeper when we ourselves are in unpeace." Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her uncle, John Helsper; and her companion, Jane Fern of Northfield. She is survived by her beloved sister, Mary Helen of Redmond; and many cousins, as well as a wealth of devoted friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:00 noon at St. Giles Episcopal Church, 3025 Walters Ave., Northbrook. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local food pantry. Funeral information 847-998-1020.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Dec. 12 to Dec. 18, 2013
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