Ann Elizabeth (Hauptman) Hansen passed away Dec. 6, 2020, because of COVID-19.
She was born in Bloomington, Illinois, on Aug. 9, 1925, to Joseph and Mary (Kemmerle) Hauptman.
She graduated from Bloomington High School in 1942, which was where she met her future husband, George Hansen. They were married after the war on Nov. 24, 1945.
During World War II, Ann performed volunteer clerical services for McClean County.
When Ann and George moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1947, she worked as a bookkeeper for J.C. Penney and Gooch Milling and Elevator Co. until 1959, when the Hansens moved to Columbia.
They soon became Missouri Tiger fans. Ann and her husband were longtime MU football and basketball season ticket holders.
She was an ardent women’s gymnastics fan during the program’s first season in the late 1990s and religiously attended all their meets through the years.
Five years or so later, Ann was recognized by the program, where she was accompanied onto the floor during a meet and was given long-stem roses for her faithful attendance and allegiance. She was most proud of this.
Ann was a prolific bowler, played golf, loved to fish at Bennett Springs and, elsewhere, was a flower arranger at her nephew’s flower shop during the holidays, went to coin shows with her husband, took care of the finances when the family operated Tiger Tee Driving Range starting in the late 1960s, was a Boone County Hospital candy striper and worked part time for 19 years as a Stephens College cashier in the book store.
She was an enthusiastic doll collector; her collection once amassed a little over 500 dolls. Being a homemaker and a mother to her three sons brought much joy to Ann. Christmas and Missouri football games were joyous occasions to her.
Sadly, macular degeneration struck Ann where reading and puzzles were no longer doable. During the latter part of her years, she was legally blind, suffered hearing loss, was on oxygen 24/7, was in a wheelchair and experienced dementia. She expected not to live past age 90. Yet, through it all, Ann had an indomitable spirit to live with joy, humor and a desire to treat others with care and respect.
Ann and George were married 71 years when his life ended February 2017. Her youngest son, Michael Joseph, died in 2004.
Ann is survived by son George (Marie) Hansen, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas; son Mark (Marsha) Hansen, Boonville, Missouri; granddaughter Liberty (Doug) Kuschel and sons Oliver, Logan and Grayson, Winfield, Missouri; grandson Ben (Elle) Hansen, Atlanta, Georgia; plus three granddaughters, Theresa (John), Nina, Joann (Hap); along with many great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons, all from Texas.
Gravesite service will be conducted at 11:00 am Jan. 9, at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Condolences can be extended online at Parker-Millard Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 E. Ash Street; 573-449-4153.