April 7, 1928 – Jan. 6, 2014
Laura Hanna passed away on Jan. 6, 2014, in Billings.
Laura Louise was born to Bert and Amy Gilliland of Phillipsburg, Kan., on April 7, 1928. After graduating high school in Fountain, Colo., she married Earl K. Hanna with whom she had son, Mark, and daughter, Kim.
The parsonage family lived in Erie, Platteville and Arvada, Colo. Beginning at North Arvada Junior High in 1963, Laura touched innumerable lives as an office assistant and secretary, serving in similar capacities at Wheat Ridge Senior High and Everett Junior High before retiring in 1998. During those years, Laura volunteered at St. Anthony Hospital, Ridge Home, Fletcher Miller School, Craig Hospital, and as a Deputy Probation Officer for the 1st Judicial District.
Laura was intensely interested in the world around her. She read extensively and traveled North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Upon retirement, Laura moved to Billings to be near Kim and her family. Just as Will Rogers never met a man he didn't like, no one ever knew Laura without feeling her love.
Laura L. Hanna is survived by her brother, Kenneth Gilliland; her sister, Yvonne Gibson; her son, Mark, and his wife, Mary; and her daughter, Kim, and her husband, Kirby Schmitz. Grandchildren are Rachel and Steve Gaisford (parents of Laura's great-grandson, Jack); Rebecca Hanna and Kevin Dugan; Kyler and Jenny Schmitz; and Konner Schmitz.
Donations may be made to RiverStone Health Hospice Services, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101-4200.