Shirley A. Hanson, age 79, of Longville, passed away in her sleep after a short battle with Alzheimer’s disease Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at St. Mary’s Senior Living Center in Winsted.
She was born June 25, 1929, in Fargo, ND, where she grew up.
Shirley married Richard (Dick) Hanson, also of Fargo, Aug. 30, 1948.
Shirley was an internationally acclaimed artist known primarily for her enamel-on-copper wall sculptures. In later years she also worked with beads and natural materials.
She was educated at North Dakota State University, where she developed the unique sculpture and enameling techniques that became her lifelong pursuit.
She and Dick moved to Minneapolis, and later Hopkins, where they lived and raised a family.
They moved to Longville in 1976, and opened the Hanson Gallery there. As an artistic couple, they collaborated on designs and color schemes, while Shirley completed the final sculptures.
Shirley’s work is represented in private collections throughout the world, as well as in the permanent collections of the University of Minnesota and General Mills. For years, she showed her work at the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis, and she was a member of galleries in Minneapolis, Fargo, Lutsen, Walker, and Longville.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents Harry and Ella Maher; and brother George G. Maher.
She is survived by her loving family: children and spouses Phillip and Mary Hanson of Watertown, Daniel and Jill Hanson of Montrose, James and Sharon Hanson of Lakeville, David and Carol Hanson of Sammamish, WA, and Christine and Karl Bremer of Stillwater; grandchildren Scott Hanson, Jeffrey Hanson, Erik and Ashley Hanson, Ben Hanson, Carlie Hanson, Nolan “Max” Hanson, Bill and Jessica Howden, Travis Hanson, Gretchen Hanson, Anne and and Colin Macasieb; and great-great-son Cole Howden.
Shirley is further survived by sister-in-law Harriet Maher of Illinois; brother-in-law Gerald Hanson of Montana; best friends Glen and Betsy Swanson of Watertown; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The Rev. Dale Peterson officiated.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.