April 15, 1924 - March 8, 2013
Born April 15, 1924, at Hoquiam General Hospital in Hoquiam, Washington, the daughter of the late Ernest Wayne Daniels and the late Aline Gertrude O’Neal.
Patt grew up on Chenault Avenue in Hoquiam and on Hood Canal near Potlatch. She went to Hoquiam High School, and then two years at Abbot Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 1942. She attended Pomona College in Claremont, California for her freshman year. Patt married the late Ray Thor Hanson on October 9, 1943, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Hoquiam, Wash.
Patt and Ray lived in Hoquiam and on Hood Canal; Mercer Island, Wash.; Medina, Wash.; New York City, N.Y.; and Columbus, Ohio. They traveled to many places around the U.S. and spent many happy times in Hawaii. They also traveled to Australia and New Zealand, China, the Yucatan, and Europe. They returned to Hood Canal to live in 1980.
In 1990 Patt and Ray, with a small group of friends on Hood Canal, founded F.I.E., Fiercely Independent Elders, an organization committed to “growing old with grace, dignity and attuned to the changing world.” Patt was able to maintain that fierce independence until 2009, then moving to an assisted living apartment at Alpine Way and later to Shelton Health and Rehabilitation Center, where she resided until her death.
Patt was an accomplished artist, creating mosaics and needlepoint, with original designs for furniture and accessories, many of which still grace the homes of family and friends. She was also an avid genealogist, and spent more than 25 years as a member of the National Genealogical Society tracing the family’s roots. She took regular trips to archives in Seattle, New England, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and developed a rich connection and correspondence with other genealogists across the U.S. Patt was a passionate reader, taking part in a local book club and moving to an assistive reading device and then to Washington’s State’s Talking Book Library when her sight began to fail. Patt became well known for her cooking, learning French, Italian, Japanese and Chinese cuisines, and enough Scandinavian to please her husband. Her house was always full of good food and good friends as she loved entertaining and sharing her kitchen delights.
Patt was an active volunteer throughout her life, a longtime member of the League of Women Voters, the Humane Society, the Nature Conservancy, and Planned Parenthood. One of her last volunteer efforts was to secure the first safe and confidential shelter for women experiencing domestic violence in Mason County. She also was a supporter of the Democratic Party, once serving as an alternative delegate for the local caucus and proudly sporting an Obama sticker on her wheelchair for the 2008 election.
Patt is survived by her son, Daniel Victor Hanson and Dan’s wife, Kathy; her daughter, Dawn Hanson Smart; her grandchildren, Allison Merrill Hanson, Darrin Victor Hanson, Molly Patricia Hanson and Kristina Yioryia Madden and her husband, Scott Madden; and her great-grandson, Corwin Thor Sandoval.
The family’s deepest thanks go to the staff at the Shelton Health and Rehabilitation Center. Their loving care gave Patt comfort and happiness in her last years. If you feel so inclined, please drop them a note of thanks at 153 Johns Court, Shelton, WA 98584. Contributions in Patt’s name can be made to the Humane Society of Mason County, Mary E. Theler Community Center, 22871 NE State Route 3, Belfair, WA 98528.
A memorial to celebrate Patt’s life will be held in Union at a later date.