Carolyn Jane Hanson joined the heavenly choir April 2, 2013.
She was born in Eldorado, Ark., Nov. 21, 1936, and married Wayne A. Hanson on May 13, 1957, in Fairbanks, and began a 30-year adventure with her U.S. Army husband.
Jane suffered a massive stroke at her home in North Carolina, never regained consciousness and passed away in the NHRMC ER with members of her family at her side.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Roxie Idom; grandson, Brian Hanson; and great-grandson, Dema Hanson.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Col. Wayne Hanson (ret); sons, Brian, Bruce (Debi), Keith (Mary) and Eric; daughter, Julie (Scotty) Dawson ; seven grandchildren, Shawna, John, Danielle Hanson, Sarah and James Dawson, Sammie Pcola and Anne Curtis ; two great-granddaughters, Isabelle and Ariana Hanson, and two brothers, Gordon and Ralph Idom.
Sharing a 30-year military career with her husband and family, Jane was the perfect Army wife, willing to move (19 times with five kids) at a moment's notice and looking forward to new places and friends. With 25 years between her sophomore and junior years she graduated from the University of Alaska with a degree in music performance and later a teaching certificate.
Jane had a beautiful soprano voice suitable from pop to musicals to opera. Getting involved musically wherever they were stationed, she sang leading roles in Augusta, Ga., Wilmington, N.C., and Karlsruhe, Germany. Her roles as Golde, Laurie, Fiona, Aldonza, and Ida received rave reviews. She was the managing director of the Thalian Association for the 1985-86 seasons, led the Kure Memorial Lutheran Church choir for four years and sang with various chorales and singing groups along the way.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Kure Beach Memorial Church, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be sent to Kure Beach Memorial Church, 117 N. Third Ave., Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com.