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Jean Margaret Hanson


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Jean Margaret Hanson Obituary
Jean Margaret Hanson

Jean Hanson went gracefully to be with the love of her life, her husband, Walter Lyle Hanson on September 6, 2017. Her 95 years were a legacy of love and selflessness for her children and family.

Jean was born in Ballard (Seattle), WA in 1922 to Fred W. Rowe and Jenny H. Tvedt Rowe. After graduating from Ballard High in 1940, she reconsidered her Vassar College plans to be with girlfriend Patsy Bullitt and stayed in Ballard working at Union Oil and Seafirst Bank while her father's Ballard shipyard, 'Rowe Machine Works' (1908-1985) was manufacturing extensive defense products (contracts) for WWII as they had for WWI, in addition to Freds' various winch patents.

Jean moved to San Diego to live and work while her boyfriend Walt left to courageously serve in the Navy (WWII) for 3 years, her kind sisters Lois and Marie (sis) joined her in San Diego. Walter completed his 3 year service and after his honorable discharge, they married, started a family and opened Sandy's Seafood Market, a successful Seattle landmark, built their home and instilled values of family, integrity, kindness, love and hard work into their children.

Jean volunteered for all school activities, home room mom, scout leader, insisted on her children having sewing and home skills, playing instruments, enjoying recitals and supporting all sport activities and a massive in-city garden. No one could compete with her "Eagle Eye" aim on the boys' hunting trips! She acquiesced when Walt developed a passion for dirt biking - 8 dirt bikes later another fav hobby was added to extensive snow and water skiing fun. Many worldwide trips to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, Sun Valley, U.S., Hood Canal cabin (and bulkhead renovation) and her in-laws Spectacle Lake resort were shared with her children.

Jean served as President of Rowe Machine Works, Walt as General Manager for 4 years successfully prior to the merger to Pacific Fisherman in the 1980's.

The selflessness, kindness and love of her children will be her legacy.

She is survived by children Sandra Groves (Ron) of New Mexico, Bart Hanson (Cheryl) of Edmonds, Wendi Kidd (Randy) of Seattle; and Heidi Hanson of Woodinville; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Mom / Nanny you are irreplaceable and you will be forever in our hearts!

Please sign Jean's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 10, 2017
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