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Mrytle L. Hanson

Mrytle Leona Hanson, age 63, of Gary, MN, passed away on the morning of October 19, 2004, in the care of MeritCare Pallative Care Unit, Fargo, ND. Myrtle Leona Pederson was born on January 21st, 1941, to Bennie and Fern (Hoffman) Pederson of Mahn...

Mrytle Leona Hanson, age 63, of Gary, MN, passed away on the morning of October 19, 2004, in the care of MeritCare Pallative Care Unit, Fargo, ND.

Myrtle Leona Pederson was born on January 21st, 1941, to Bennie and Fern (Hoffman) Pederson of Mahnomen, MN. Myrtle was baptized and confirmed in the First Lutheran Church of Mahnomen. After graduation, Myrtle spent a year in Minneapolis at a medical school learning to be a lab technician. She changed her career mind to elementary education and started Bemidji State University in the summer of 1960 and went to school year-round and graduated in the summer of 1963.

On July 27th, 1963, she met Floyd Hanson at a barn dance held at her aunt and uncle's new barn near Mahnomen. After dancing much of the night, Floyd asked to take her home and she told him he would need to ask her father. Bennie, her father replied, it was up to Myrtle. After both ordering #3 (Steak and Toast) on the Red Apple Cafe's menu for an after dance dinner, Floyd drove her home. While walking Myrtle up to the door, his car slipped from neutral into gear and hit her dad's car! Thus began the next 41 years of happiness. After two short months, they were engaged on September 27th. The fall of 1963 and spring of 1964 found Floyd making many trips to Ely, MN, where Myrtle taught her first year. They were married on June 27, 1963, and started their lives together with $800 in cash between them. The couple was blessed with two sons, Corey and Craig. In 1965, Myrtle began teaching in Mahnomen before moving over to Gary Public/Norman County East School in the fall of 1966 and started teaching 2nd Grade. She was planning on teaching this fall.

Myrtle loved life. Some of her many past times included church and related activities, teaching school, gardening, canning, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Befriender's and taking care of her grandchildren on the weekends. She loved the mountains and the many family trips to Wyoming and Montana. Myrtle also enjoyed fishing with her family on Lake of the Woods.

She is survived in death by her husband, Floyd of Gary, MN; her two sons, Corey also of Gary (and his friend, Julie Noggle) and Craig (Jodi) of Fargo, ND and their two children, Katie and Cole; her mother, Fern Pederson of Mahnomen, MN; two brothers, Loren (Carole) of Moorhead, MN and Dave (Avonne) of Williston, ND; her sister, Marlene (Bill) Lewis of Warroad, MN; mother-in-law, Esther Hanson of Twin Valley, MN; three nieces and one nephew. Preceding her in death was her father, Bennie Pederson.

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Myrtle had a brief struggle with lung cancer lasting only 80 days after signs of the first symptoms. Myrtle was a gentle, softhearted person whose warm kindness will keep her spirit alive and leave us with lasting memories forever.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 22nd from 4-7 PM with a Prayer Service at 7 PM at the Gary Lutheran Church, Gary, MN. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 23rd at 11:00 AM in Norman County East Elementary School Gymnasium, Gary. Visitation will also be held one hour before services at the school on Saturday. Interment will be in Gary Lutheran Cemetery, Gary, MN.

Arrangements are made through Anderson Funeral Home in Twin Valley, MN.

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