Ellenor A. “Ellie” Hanson, 90, died on Mother’s Day, May 8th, 2022, in Newport, NH, surrounded by her family after a prolonged illness. Ellie was born on March 7, 1932, in West Newton, MA, the daughter of Edmond and Rose (Fournier) Joyal, one of four siblings. She was married to James Clifford “Cliff” Hanson for 50 years before his passing in 2004. Cliff and Ellie spent most of their lives living in Claremont, NH, while raising their 10 children.
Ellie was a caring mother and homemaker who mastered the art of “stretching a dollar.” She kept the household running like a clock and was always cooking, cleaning, sewing clothes, and administering first aid for the family. At times, it felt like the kitchen was her “mess hall.” We will all miss the “from scratch” fresh rolls and breads and the homemade root beer stored in the basement along with the endless jars of canned vegetables from our garden. Sunday dinner was always at 2pm whether you were there or not. She believed in family and was always leading with an unrelenting work ethic that served her family well.
For many years leading up to her passing, she spent her time knitting, sewing, painting, and upholstering furniture. She loved to make pajamas for children in need and was called “Pajama Nana” by the kids. Ellie loved to watch home improvement shows and sports, especially the Red Sox and the Patriots with Tom Brady.
Ellie is survived by her sister, Dorothy O’Brien of Tewkesbury, MA, and her 10 children and spouses: Jim and Karen Hanson of Andover, NH; Tom, and Jeri (Robertson) Hanson of Exeter, NH; Linda and Jimbo Barton of Meriden, NH; Emily Hanson of Newport, NH; Peter and Kathy Hanson of Goshen, NH; Carol Hanson and Wayne Coates of Spartanburg, SC; Laura Hanson and Frank Mazzola of Westmoreland, NH; Andy and Tracey (Sivret) Hanson of Claremont, NH; Ellen and Pat Dansereau of Claremont, NH; and Bill Hanson and Karen Coyne of Warner, NH. Also included are 29 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held at Stringer Funeral Home on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am followed by a graveside gathering at the Union Cemetery, Claremont, NH. A Celebration of Life lunch will follow at the Elks Club in Claremont from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
The family would like to thank Bayada Hospice for all their care, especially Jeannie, Margaret, Bev, and Emily.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Bayada Hospice 316 Main Street Norwich, VT 05055
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