Cora Belle Cutting Hansen (Gram) passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2011 with her family by her side, singing and playing all her favorite songs. Cora was born in Walla Walla, WA, on May 3, 1920 to Ralph and Abby Cutting. She spent most of her early life "on the farm" in Enumclaw, WA, with her parents and three brothers. After attending Central Washington Normal School for a short time, she married George F. Hansen on October 26, 1940, in Enumclaw, WA. She raised three children, loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed many hobbies including music, sewing, knitting, quilt-making, and reading. While living on Samish Island, she collected driftwood, shells and rocks to make artful displays.
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Cora was preceded in death by her husband, George, her parents Ralph and Abby and brothers Charles and Dale.
She is survived by her sons Wayne of Port Angeles, WA; Ron of Ellensburg and daughter Gloria (Pete) Bugni of Ellensburg; three wonderful, entertaining grandchildren that cherished her and her love: Stephen (Lisa) Hansen, PJ (Tami) Bugni of Ellensburg and Cheri (Rob) Bugni Clausen of Maple Valley, WA; eight great grandchildren: Erik, Mitchell and Emily Hansen, Madison and Jadon Bugni and Michael, Megan and Matthew Clausen. She is also survived by her brother Don (Barb) Cutting of Sacramento, CA.
We would like to thank Dr. Feng and the staffs at Hearthstone Cottage and Royal Vista Nursing and Rehab for the loving care that was given to Cora in the past fifteen years. A very special thanks goes to the Royal Vista staff for the support, care and genuine love that was given to Mom and the family this past week.
Memorial Donations may be made to: The American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515.
A gathering for friends and family will take place at noon on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby Street, Ellensburg, WA.
"Loving, angry, compassionate, powerful; sandlot line drives sizzling past and never caught, circling the bases with speeds matching a falcon's flight (so it seemed to 12 year old kids); a song sung with beauty and soul; a flurry of moods from dark as a storm to the radiance of a spring morning; one liners leaving you laughing and thinking: our mother met death without fear and gave it a battle worthy of a knight. Death took her of course, but gave her a nod of respect for a life and death done with passion and sincerity. What a trip you gave us. The depth of our love is beyond words.
Good bye, Gram."
Brookside Funeral Home and Crematory
101 East 2nd Avenue Ellensburg, WA 98926
Published in Daily Record from Nov. 16 to Nov. 24, 2011