Sally Lou Hanson, 90, died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.
Sally was born on Sept. 4, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa to parents Don and Louise Sweet.
She graduated from Drake University and moved to Davenport, Iowa, to begin her teaching career.
She also met the love of her life, Tom Hanson, while living there. Sally and Tom were married on June 20, 1951 in Davenport.
They moved to Mt. Morris in 1959 where they raised their family.
Sally enjoyed many years teaching third and fourth grade children at Mt. Morris Elementary School.
Following retirement, Sally and Tom spent much time at their lake home in Friendship, Wisconsin, and traveling to Destin, Florida, during the winter.
Sally and Tom moved to Denver several years ago to be near their daughters and families, and spent many years enjoying Colorado.
Sally loved playing cards, particularly Bridge with her lady friends. She also enjoyed nature, flowers, and reading.
But more than anything, Sally loved being surrounded by her family, and was never happier than when the entire family was together.
She will be missed for her wonderful smile, beautiful laugh, and abundant love of friends and family.
Sally is survived by her devoted husband of 66 years, Tom; and three children, Bob (Diana) Hanson, of Oregon, Barb (Jeff) Hanson, of Denver, Colorado, and Jan (John) Kilgore of Denver, Colorado; and four grandchildren, Tom (Sandy) Hanson, of Park City, Utah, Katie (Sean) Hassett, of Centennial, Colorado, Mike Hanson, of Forreston, and JJ Kilgore, of Phoenix, Arizona; two step-grandchildren, Nicholas (Alex) Galardo, of Chicago, and Adam Galardo, USAF stationed in England, and one great-grandchild, Cullen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Louise Sweet; sister, Cheryl Hanes; and brother-in-law, Tom Hanes.
A funeral mass was held to honor Sally on Tuesday, March 5 at St. James Catholic Church, 1311 Oneida St., Denver, Colorado.
More details can be found at Horan & McConaty’s website HoranCares.com.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Mt. Morris Public Library, 105 S. McKendrie Ave., Mt. Morris, IL 61054 or to Mother Cabrini’s Shrine http://www.mothercabrinishrine.org/ways-to-give/give-now.