YARMOUTH — Margarey “Marge” Brown Hanson, 97, died peacefully at her home in Yarmouth on July 30, surrounded by family.
Hanson was born April 3, 1918, in Augusta, to Herbert Clark Brown and Margaret Sibley Brown. She had one brother, Herbert Brown Jr. Raised in Augusta, she frequented nearby Togus Pond, which led to her enduring love of lakes and loons. She graduated from Cony High School.
Margarey married Elliott “Buster” Campbell Hanson, also of Augusta, in 1935. Over their marriage of 50 years, the couple raised six children together, first settling in Bath, where Elliott worked for Central Maine Power Co. The family moved in 1961 to Yarmouth, where Margarey lived in her East Elm Street house until her death.
As a young mother, Hanson worked for the American Red Cross. Later, she worked at Portland Savings Bank in Yarmouth. In addition, she was treasurer of the Senior Citizen Organization, a volunteer driver for the Yarmouth Health Council, and an active member of her church.
In addition to her love of family, Hanson loved to read, belonging to a book club until her early 90s. She was also a diehard sports fan, supporting the Patriots and Red Sox through every season, and an animal lover, leaving behind her constant companion and beloved cat, Emma. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting and gardening.
Hanson was predeceased by her parents; her brother; her husband, Elliott; her son-in-law, Peter E. Barry; and her son, Graeme Hanson.
She is survived by her children: Margaret Carmichael and her husband, Robert, of Bucksport; James Hanson and his wife, Joni, of Whitsett, North Carolina; Pamelia Barry, of Cumberland; Cynthia Loomis, of Yarmouth; and Deborah Roux and her husband, Thomas, of Yarmouth. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
The family extends special thanks to Casco Bay Home Care in Yarmouth, Hospice of Southern Maine, and the dispatchers at the Reassurance Program in Yarmouth for all the care and comfort they provided throughout the years.