Claire Elise Hansen

07/24/1916 — 08/17/2005

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Tioga, North Dakota

Claire Elise Hansen

Claire was born in Tioga, North Dakota to Oscar and Mathilda Sandberg. She graduated from Tioga High School, where she excelled on the girls’ basketball team that went to the state tournaments and took championships two years in a row. She worked in the family restaurant in Tioga and met and married Gorden Anderson in Bowbells, N. Dakota, and the family moved to Moscow, Idaho and then to Milton-Freewater, Oregon, then to Kennewick, WA and on to Pasco, where they lived for 27 years before she and Gorden and one daughter moved to Spokane. Gorden died in 1968 and Claire moved back to the Tri-Cities to be near her family in Richland.

She met Phil Hansen in 1970 and they resided in Seattle and Richland for the next 31 years. She lost Phil in 2002 and lived the rest of her life in Richland. Phil introduced her to square dancing and they had a lot of fun going to different places and meeting a lot of other square dancers.

She was a member of the Eagles Lodge #2061 in Sedro Wooley, WA for 40 years, and a member of the Prairie Shuffles for 20 years.

Claire is survived by six children, David H. Hansen and wife Miriam of West Charleston, VT, son Steven J. Hansen and wife Sandra of Fortuna, CA, daughter Wendy J. Ervin and husband Dr Warren of Chatanooga, TN, son Adrian O. Anderson and wife Mary of Richland, WA, daughter Marjorie H. Worcester and husband Clinton E. of Kennewick, WA and daughter Linda C. Hiskey and husband Ron of Kennewick, WA; 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister Anna M. Moe of Tioga, ND; brother Wilhelm “Bill” Sandberg of Bismarck, ND. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Memorial services will be held at 5:00 PM Saturday, August 20, 2005 at Einan’s Funeral Home, Richland. Visitation will be Friday the 19th from 5:00-8:00 PM, also at Einan’s.

Memorial contributions may be made to the giver’s choice of charity.

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  • Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. She sounded like a very active woman who enjoyed life. It’s so unfair that death has the power to take our loved ones away, but the Bible is a wonderful source of comfort. Almighy God promises us at Isaiah 26:19 that “Your dead ones will live….Awake and cry out joyfully, you residents in the dust…..” It’s so comforting to know that our loved ones are resting and at peace until Almighty God, Jehovah, remembers them and brings them back to life. In the meantime, may the hope of seeing your dear mother again, as well as reflecting on your fond memories, bring a measure of comfort to you and your family.

    Sandy Sloane
    November 4, 2014
    Baltimore, MD, US
  • Dear Mom,

    We may not have shared square dancing but we certainly shared a long happy life together. Heaven is certainly a better place when you showed up there.

    We selfishly wish you were still here to keep us on our toes but God knows that you “trained us in the way we should go and when we are old we will not depart from it”.

    Uncle Bill and Norma are coming and Linda Hennigar will sing one of your favorite songs and we all know you wouldn’t want to miss this gathering of friends and relatives. We know you’ll be there with us.

    “Keep Looking up, Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever.” This plaque hung for years by our front door and now we know we’ll be “looking up” to keep you in our hearts and prayers. We Love you Mom and you’ll be sorely missed by many.

    Love,Linda

    Ron and Linda Hiskey
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. She sounded like a very active woman who enjoyed life. It’s so unfair that death has the power to take our loved ones away, but the Bible is a wonderful source of comfort. Almighy God promises us at Isaiah 26:19 that “Your dead ones will live….Awake and cry out joyfully, you residents in the dust…..” It’s so comforting to know that our loved ones are resting and at peace until Almighty God, Jehovah, remembers them and brings them back to life. In the meantime, may the hope of seeing your dear mother again, as well as reflecting on your fond memories, bring a measure of comfort to you and your family.

    Sandy Sloane
    November 4, 2014
    Baltimore, MD, US
  • Dear Mom,

    We may not have shared square dancing but we certainly shared a long happy life together. Heaven is certainly a better place when you showed up there.

    We selfishly wish you were still here to keep us on our toes but God knows that you “trained us in the way we should go and when we are old we will not depart from it”.

    Uncle Bill and Norma are coming and Linda Hennigar will sing one of your favorite songs and we all know you wouldn’t want to miss this gathering of friends and relatives. We know you’ll be there with us.

    “Keep Looking up, Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever.” This plaque hung for years by our front door and now we know we’ll be “looking up” to keep you in our hearts and prayers. We Love you Mom and you’ll be sorely missed by many.

    Love,Linda

    Ron and Linda Hiskey
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Claire, we will miss you so much. You were one of our favorite people. We always felt so close to your heart. Please forgive our living so far apart from you all these years. Love my dad for me. Good journey. Love David & Miriam, Toby, Brita, Joshua & Maia.

    David & Miriam Hansen
    November 4, 2014
    Montpelier, VT, US
  • We know that Grandma “Phil” will be greatly missed. Her zest for life was great. Her love for her family, grandchildren and her great grandchildren was evident every day of her life.

    Gary & Rita Ackerman
    November 4, 2014
    Colfax, WA, US
  • You have always been such a wonderful Mom and I will miss you so very much. We always had a good time together even if we were just sitting around visiting or digging for clams, or shopping. You were a wonderful Mother and grandmother. You loved Phil so much and were an example to me in every way. Rusty and Andy loved you and are very sad that you are gone like Steve and I they will miss you very much. You will always be in my heart my love, only a thought away.

    Much Love Sandy Hansen

    Sandy Hansen
    November 4, 2014
    Fortuna, CA, US
  • Grandma, I love you. Your sense of humor brightened all of our lives. I’m happy that we were able to spend more time together the last few years. I only wish I had a few more moments with you!

    Thank you for the example you set for us all. I can only hope to live as long and be as self-sufficient as you did. I can honestly thank God you left this Earth without suffering and without ever being confined to a hospital or a rest home.

    Thank you for everything, Grandma. You will never be forgotten and your memory will be forever cherished by those of us who knew you best.

    Say Hello to Heaven…

    Larry “Lars” Anderson

    Larry Anderson
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Claire has been a part of my memories since I was 20 years old, when we met at Peace Lutheran Church in Pasco. Her ready smile and sense of humor have been a warm glow through out my life. She was like an angel here on earth.

    Ardie Barbee
    November 4, 2014
    17711, W., Sammy, Way, Surprise,, AZ, USA
  • I met Claire the weekend after she and Phil sneaked off to Missoula to elope. Phil thought he was really sneaky about it and said he was going to Kellogg to visit his mother, no mention of a girlfriend or Missoula. Claire was really nervous about meeting me because she thought I wouldn’t like her. We settled that quickly, and shortly thereafter we allwent clam digging together. Anyone who can dig clams like her is OK in my family. We had a lot of fun visits with them over the years and always enjoyed having her and Phil around. I’ll miss her.

    Steve Hansen
    November 4, 2014
    Fortuna, CA, US
  • Sometimes the simplest souls leave us the sweetest gifts. Dear Claire, you gave us all the gift of your love and happiness. You were always smiling and laughing, ready to have fun and enjoy life. I’ll always remember how much fun you and Phil had at Zach’s baseball games in Moses Lake. The two of you became honorary cheerleaders for all the parents in the stands! But most of all, Claire, I will love you forever for what you did to reconcile a father to his daughter. Without you in his life my dad Phil might never have found a way back into my heart. You had a wonderful, blessed life and leave a legacy of love. I can’t wait to see you again in heaven!

    Wendy Hansen Ervin
    November 4, 2014
    Hendersonville, TN, US
  • Grandma, we’ll miss hearing your great laugh, seeing you light up when you smile, and getting those big hugs firsthand. We’ll always have those and loads of great things in our memories though. Like you trying to teach me how to dance the bump when I was about 5 or jumping on your bed trying to wake you up on Christmas morning so we could open presents. I’m glad you were able to meet my two girls before you went to join Phil. I’m sure you two will be keeping God up square dancing till the wee hours.

    Love you always, Greg, Juliet, Sydney, and Courtney.

    Greg and Juliet Ackerman
    November 4, 2014
    Duvall, WA, US
  • Grandma Hansen,

    All the memories I have of you involve you laughing or making other people laugh! You have such a warm, welcoming personality. I appreciate the time you spent with me and admire the life you lived. You showed everyone that it is possible to enjoy every phase of life. I am certain you are enjoying the next phase. Thanks for everything!

    Much love, Janell

    Janell Waters
    November 4, 2014
    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Grandma, I’m so happy I got a chance to know you and be able to make you a part of my family. You made me feel so comfortable and also made me feel as a part of your family. You made me laugh every time we spent time together and I will miss that the most. God bless you Grandma!!

    Love, Tennille

    Tennille Caballero
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • We love you Grandma!!

    My fondest memory with my Grandma was visiting Grandma at her home on Beacon Hill and sleeping on her convertable couch, the fun began when it was time to put the bed back into the couch. If visions of I Love Lucy come to mind your on the right track. Both of us got stuck in that couch and laughed so long we almost wet our pants!!!

    Thank you Grandma for so many fun memories!

    Scripture verse we both shared March 21st 2005 while holding hands going down I-5 was John 3;16

    Gods Blessings to you Grandma and everyone who knew her.

    Love, Paula Butler

    Kevin, Garrett, & Royce

    Kevin and Paula Butler
    November 4, 2014
    Auburn, WA, US
  • To Claire’s family – We send our love and prayers. Our short time with Claire was precious and she will be remembered with fondness.

    Ed & Sandra Plass
    November 4, 2014
    Great, Fall,, MT, US