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Published April 21, 2013, 12:00 AM

Marjorie Mae Hanson Small

Marjorie Mae Hanson Small, 95, died Friday April 5th at her Anoka, MN home. She was born November 25, 1917 near Engelvale, ND to parents Mae (Hopewell) Hanson and Paul Hanson. She is survived by her son Dennis Wm. Small of Burnsville, MN, Daughter in Law Denise C. Harris Small of Anoka, MN, Granddaughter Robbin Mae Small (Daniel Johnson) of Bremerton, WA, and Grandson Rory R. Small (Pamela) of Hastings, MN. Additionally, five Great Grand Children: Oban Johnson, Jura Johnson, Mitchell Small, Abigail Small and Deanna Small.

A graduate of the North Dakota Agricultural College (North Dakota State University) in September, 1939, with a Home Economics degree. She immediately began her teaching career. Assignments varied from school districts in the Dakotas during WWII and the majority of years at Anoka, MN. Her retirement in 1975 marked a total of 37 years of dedicated instruction.

Marjorie Mae Hanson Small

Marjorie Mae Hanson Small, 95, died Friday April 5th at her Anoka, MN home. She was born November 25, 1917 near Engelvale, ND to parents Mae (Hopewell) Hanson and Paul Hanson. She is survived by her son Dennis Wm. Small of Burnsville, MN, Daughter in Law Denise C. Harris Small of Anoka, MN, Granddaughter Robbin Mae Small (Daniel Johnson) of Bremerton, WA, and Grandson Rory R. Small (Pamela) of Hastings, MN. Additionally, five Great Grand Children: Oban Johnson, Jura Johnson, Mitchell Small, Abigail Small and Deanna Small.

A graduate of the North Dakota Agricultural College (North Dakota State University) in September, 1939, with a Home Economics degree. She immediately began her teaching career. Assignments varied from school districts in the Dakotas during WWII and the majority of years at Anoka, MN. Her retirement in 1975 marked a total of 37 years of dedicated instruction.

Marjorie traveled by bus to Jacksonville, FL on August 22nd, 1942 to marry Erwin Lee Small of Fargo, ND, who had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following their long war time separation, the young couple settled in Fridley, MN to build their first home and return to “civilian life”. She not only taught Home Economics, but was actively engaged as local township clerk and maintained large vegetable gardens. In 1958 the family relocated to Anoka, MN. After her retirement, Marjorie remained active as a Mercy Hospital Volunteer donating over 25 years. With husband Erwin, they enjoyed wintering over in the Southwest with the sunshine and gentle sunsets. They traveled between both coastal shores and international borders, often taking side trips to explore paths less traveled.

A memorial service and celebration of Marjorie’s abundant life will be held on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at the First Congregational Church of Anoka, MN. In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to be given to the Pastoral Emergency Discretionary Fund, First Congregational Church, 1923 Third Avenue South, Anoka, MN 55303. This fund provides small value cash cards that can be used to purchase food, baby supplies or other necessities that otherwise may not be available to a struggling individual or family in need.

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