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Mar 24, 2014 - Staff
Gladys Hansen, of Lander, died peacefully Monday, March 17, 2014, at Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper. She was 89 years old.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Lander Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the church. Private graveside services will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.
Gladys Hansen was born March 12, 1925, in Pueblo, Colo., the daughter of Oliver and Fannie Frazier of Chugwater.
She began her schooling in a one-room schoolhouse in Altus. Her father's job as a traveling salesman for Stark Brothers' Nursery took her to many schools across the West and Midwest, before she landed in Denver, where she graduated from East High School.
In 1946 she married Taylor Danley and became a stepmother to his three small children -- Marguerite, Carolyn and Lois. They divorced in 1953.
In 1954 she met Kenneth Hansen, and they married Dec. 25, 1954. They had four children: Susan, Julie, David and Chris.
Her family said she was, first and foremost, a wife and mother, which she thought was the "best career ever" for women.
She involved herself in her children's lives and the lives of other children in the community through her leadership in 4-H, Girl Scouts, junior bowling, Lander High School drama and band, and both the Lander and Riverton Methodist churches. One of her proudest moments was when she was recognized as Wyoming Mother of the Year in 1982. Her family said she loved working with the public. If she "adopted" a person, the person became part of her family, and she made it a point to keep in touch.
She is survived by her four children, Susan (Steve) Hansen-Barber of Kingston, Idaho, Julie (Burt) Freese of Lander, David Hansen of Natick, Mass., and Chris (Jennifer Kurtz) Hansen of Boulder, Colo.; stepdaughters Marguerite, Carolyn and Lois; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Fannie, and her husband, Kenneth.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Lander United Methodist Church.