Geneva Marie (Gaskill) Hanson


Geneva Marie (Gaskill) Hanson

July 10, 1937-Aug. 30, 2017

Geneva Marie Hanson passed away peacefully on August 30, 2017, in Colorado Springs, CO.  She was born in Newcastle, WY, on July 10, 1937, to Clinton Owen and Ruth Marie Gaskill.  Geneva grew up on a ranch where she learned to work hard and to treasure the people she loved.  She graduated from Newcastle High School in 1955 and attended Black Hills State College in Spearfish, SD.  On May 6, 1956, Geneva married her best friend, Frederick Carl Hanson, Jr. who referred to Geneva as the “love of his life” until his passing in 2014.  Together, the couple moved to Thermopolis, WY in the late 1950’s where they raised a family, made friends, built a successful construction company, and made a positive contribution to the community they loved.

Geneva was a thoughtful person who loved her family and enjoyed her friends.  She took the time to send a card, write a note of encouragement, give a special gift, and help someone in need.  She loved traveling, plants and flowers, pretty napkins, teddy bears, taking care of her home, eating cheeseburgers and vanilla ice cream, and her dog, Dusty.  She enjoyed being an active member of Chapter AV, PEO and her friends at A Cut Above were her second family.

Geneva leaves behind to cherish her memory, two loving children, Doug Hanson of Phoenix, AZ and Cindy (Mike) Haddenham of Colorado Springs, CO.  Grandma “G” will be missed by her grandson, Jonathan (Stephanie) Haddenham, and two great granddaughters, Hannah and Hadleigh. Geneva leaves behind her brother Robert (Barbara) Gaskill and her sister Norma (Paul) Kinnison along with numerous family members and friends.  Geneva was preceded in death by her parents and husband as well as her daughter, Shelly Lynn and her grandson, Joseph Haddenham.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Community Church (Community Hall) in Thermopolis, WY with a reception to follow.  The family is grateful for the loving care Geneva received while living at Brookdale Palmer Park in Colorado Springs.  The Brookdale family made Geneva’s struggle with Alzheimer’s more bearable and helped her approach this disease with courage and dignity.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.


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