Alison (Constance) Hanson

Alison (Constance) Hanson

HANSON, (Constance) ALISON

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alison Hanson at her loving home at Rosewood Village on Sunday, April 1, 2012. Alison was just two months shy of her 90th birthday.

Alison was born in Haney, BC (Maple Ridge) on May 30, 1922, a third daughter to Barbara and Walter Best. She completed her schooling in Haney and then travelled to Normal School in Victoria, receiving her teaching certificate. After qualifying, she came east to the Kootenays with her first post being the one room schoolhouse in Casino, BC. She enjoyed the area, the people and most of all the children. She then taught in Trail, Slocan, Nelson and Rossland. While in Nelson she met and married her gentleman, Harry Hanson on September 23, 1946. After marriage they moved to Trail with dad working at Cominco and mom teaching. Mom took a break while raising their two daughters in Trail, with mom returning to teaching at the L. J. Morrish School in 1964. Summers with the kids were spent at the cottage on Kootenay Lake and travelling to the coast to visit mom’s family.

After retirement in 1982 Alison and Harry enjoyed travelling with trips to Russia, England, Hawaii, Sweden, China, Italy, Norway, Mexico, Japan, Greece, the Caribbean, across Canada and their last trip was to Spain and Portugal. They also enjoyed many cruises to exotic locations. They enjoyed winters in the Palm Springs, Indio, and Desert Hot Springs area with family and friends they moved to Nelson in 1993, enjoying the “easy life” at their High Street Place condo where they lived for 11 years.

Alison and Harry returned to Trail in 2004 to be close to family, due to Harry’s illness. When Harry passed in 2005, Alison moved to Chateau Manor in Trail, enjoying being back in her own town. She then “hit the jackpot”, moving to Rosewood Village Assisted Living in 2006, then on to Residential Care where she lived until her passing. She spent six contented years at Rosewood, very much enjoying all the activities, especially the music/bands/singing and arts and crafts. Bingo was a favourite pastime also.

Alison is survived by her daughters, Kris (Garland) Weishaupt of Fruitvale, Kathy Kardelis (John Haraldson) from Cochrane, Alberta. Grandchildren Adrienne Weishaupt, Aaron (Rhonda) Weishaupt, Jonathan Kardelis, Ryan Kardelis, and her great-grandchildren Hunter and Parker Weishaupt. The family wish to express their gratitude and thanks to all of the Rosewood staff for their professional and compassionate care of mom during her final years. Trail is fortunate to have such a caring facility as Rosewood, never feeling like a facility, just feeling like family. Cheers and keep the shiny side up!

Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family on-line register at

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