Long time active member Jean Hanson passed suddenly on July 12, 2016.
A Celebration of Life memorial service was held on Sunday, August 21st
Jean was a long time member of our church and will truely be missed.
May she rest in eternal peace in the loving arms of our Lord.
Doris Jean (Simpson) Hanson Age 97, joined the choir of angels on 7/12/2016 quickly departing in Tacoma,
Washington from heart disease. Jean was born in Tacoma, Washington on 11/03/1918, the second daughter of James
Moore Simpson and Allie Blanche (Marshall) Simpson.
Jean graduated from Tacoma's Lincoln High School in 1935, and attended Tacoma Secretarial School. Her
achievements went far beyond formal education as she had an insatiable quest to learn and serve the church
Jean married Leslie Clair Hanson on August 8, 1941, in Tacoma, Washington. Blessed with five children, they
enveloped them in the church fellowship of the UMC family (Asbury, Bethany, Ocean Park camp).
Jean worked as Chief Dispatcher's secretary at the Northern Pacific Railroad and research secretary fo the
Tacoma Public Schools. Jean enjoyed singing, piano playing, camping, playing games, genealogy, and traveling. Jean
enjoyed writing church bulletins and newsletters.
Jean is survived by her sister, Faith Richardson; her children, C. Frederick Hanson, P. Tom Hanson, L.
Jeanette Hanson, H. Douglas Hanson and wife Anna, and R. Blaine Hanson and wife Tammy; grandchildren, Derek Travis,
Clinton Hanson, and Reed Keagle; foster grandchild, Noah Edenso-Dickens; three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law,
Virginia Hanson, and Dee Nightingale; and numerous nieces and hephews. Preceded in death by husband, Clair Hanson
in 2000, and brother, Don Simpson.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service: August 21, 2016 at 3pm at Bethany UMC, 5634 Park Ave, Tacoma,
Washington. Donations: UMCOR or Bethany UMC.
Gloria Jean Barbour, Gloria Barbour (Ferran) passed away Monday, February 23, 2015, at age 65, after a
series of accidents which compromised her health.
She was born and raised in Seattle. She went to Holy Angels High School in Ballard, and graduated in
While working at the phone company she met John Barbour at a friend's garage sale where he asked her out
on their first date. They were married on May 8, 1970, and she moved during the next three years from Seattle to
Nashville and to Riverside, CA as a U.S.A.F. wife. In February 1975, Gloria and family moved into their current
home in Tacoma.
She worked at Tacoma Public Library and enjoyed gardening, reading, and traveling. Over the years, she
traveled with her husband and family to all fifty states, Canada, and Mexico. In 1984 Gloria traveled Europe and
the U.S.S.R. with her father.
She was a member at Bethany United Methodist Church and managed the food bank, coordinated the community
dinners, and helped with rummage sales.
Joseph and Ethel Ferran (parents) preceded her in death. Gloria is survived by her loving husband, John,
of almost 45 years, her caring children Cheryl Myers (David Line), Charlotte La Prade, Jenean Barbour, and Desiree
Barbour, cherished grandchildren Craig and Julia Myers, loving sister Glenda Magsayo (Mike) and two brothers, niece
Becky Sego, cousins, especially Judy Wenslick, and other relatives.
Special thanks to a very close friend, Jan Sego, for always being there for Gloria. Her other friends were
Shirley Fouts, Brenda Jones-Stewart, and many friends from Bethany. Gloria had many precious adopted grandchildren.
Thanks to all our friends for your kindness and prayers. Her greatest achievement was raising four wonderful
A celebration of life service was held at Bethany U.M.C., 5634 S. Park Ave., Tacoma, WA
98408, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 2pm.
Reception followed in the church basement. With the church filled, it was a large turnout to share memories about
the strength and many kindnesses of this remarkable woman.
In memory of Gloria, please donate to Bounty Food Bank at Bethany U.M.C.
For information call 253-475-5230.
She was a force to be reckoned with!
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