The Curry Coastal Pilot

Oct. 26, 1922 - May 11, 2013

Longtime community volunteer Hope Emma Hansen, 90, of Brookings, died May 11, 2013, in Brookings following a stroke.

She was born Oct. 26, 1922, at Potter, Nev., to Homer and Doris Fisher, and grew up with four sisters: June, Maxine, Marian and Faith.

She was a secretary to Gen. Clark during World War II and helped move his office into the "new" Pentagon in 1943.

Hope met H.M. "Buzz" Hansen at a picnic in El Monte, Calif., and married him in Glendale in 1946. The couple raised their son Jeff and daughter Jill before Hope went back to school to get a teaching degree.

In the 1970s, Hope helped teach English to refugees from Vietnam at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and the couple sponsored Noff Vu Quan, a Vietnamese refugee.

In 1978, they moved to Walterville, Ore., and built a home for their retirement. Later, they used a motor home to travel extensively.

In 1992, they were part of a Friendship Force that traveled to Russia with food and medical supplies. The motto for the trip was "A world of friends is a world of peace."

They sponsored two more exchange students: Seveta Sargeva from Russia and Tobias Schubert from Germany.

The Hansens moved to Brookings in October 1989, where they became involved in a myriad of volunteer activities, projects and groups, including Azalea Park, Chetco Community Public Library, Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Oasis House, and the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor. The were regularly in the front row at Brookings-Harbor School Board meetings.

They were given the Chamber's Volunteer of the Year award in 2004, and were grand marshals for the 64th Azalea Festival in 2003.

Hope had a passion for gardening, and loved colorful flowers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buzz, in November 2008.

She is survived by three sisters: Maxine Daniels, Marian Vermeulen and Faith Ann Granado; her son Jeff; daughter and son-in-law Jill and B-ill Pate; grandchildren Malea (and Andrew) Stevens, Justin Storm, and Jessica Storm; and great-grandchildren Ellamae and Abigail Stevens.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Brookings Presbyterian Church, 540 Pacific Ave.

The family suggests memorial donations to any of Hope's favorite community projects.

Submitted by the family.