ARLENE BURDETT HANSEN Long-time Corning resident Arlene Hansen passed away peacefully on April 28th, 2013. Arlene was born on August 4, 1931 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was married to Richard W. Hansen on August 11, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan and later moved to California. In 1961 they opened The Glassblowers in Corning and together enjoyed a successful business for over 45 years selling their own glass art items, and local olive products. She created beautiful glass wedding cake top ornaments, and specialty spun glass angels. She was very active in the Corning community. In 2007, Arlene moved to Chico to be closer to family members. Arlene radiated a rare and beautiful presence. As the saying goes, Arlene never met a stranger. She had an incredible gift for conversation with everyone she met! Arlene loved her five children and grandchildren. She enjoyed hosting dinners and holidays in her beautiful Victorian home. An adventurous traveler, she visited China, Scandinavia, and Russia. She loved crafts and spent many hours sewing, knitting, and doing needlework. Her hands were never idle. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Richard in 1983. She is survived by her children Deanna (& Sam) Persaud of Chico, Karen Hansen Thompson of San Rafael, Renita Hansen of Red Bluff, Eric (& Cheryl) Hansen of Argyle, Texas, and Ron Hansen of Chico. Arlene had 9 grandchildren, Ryan Persaud, Joelene Monestier, Matthew Hansen, Lana Persaud, Alex Hansen, Janelle and Bobby Hansen, Nicholas Hansen and Darby Richhart. She will be sorely missed. Services will be held Friday May 3, 2013 at Hall Brothers Mortuary and Chapel 2 pm in Corning followed by graveside services at Sunset Hill Cemetery where she will be buried next to her husband, who she so dearly loved.
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 2, 2013