In Loving Memory of Claudia J. Hanson
Claudia was born in Medford, Oregon, on February 23, 1944, to Myrna and Cecil Owen. She grew up in Medford, moved to Portland, and for the past twenty-four years lived in Vancouver, Washington. She had an older brother, Dennis, and two younger brothers, Eldon and Darrell. Claudia had rheumatic fever twice as a child. The challenges of youth formed her into a woman of incredible emotional strength and stamina.
Claudia gave her heart to the Lord as a young child and later, in the ninth grade, recommitted her life to God. She placed Christ at the center of her life; seeking guidance in the day-to-day decisions that lay ahead. “As I was making deep consecrations to the Lord, I had no idea what the future held. I felt sure, though, that if my hand was in His, all would be well.” Little did she know how often her confidence in the Lord would be tested.
She met and fell in love with Naim Teeny, a native of Zahlé, Lebanon. They were married for six years and had two children: Mike and Michelle. When Naim died in a tragic car accident, Claudia was only 24. To support her family, she entered the workforce and attended college at night studying accounting. She was hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Oregon, in 1974. In her twenty-two years at the Corps, Claudia worked her way up from an accounting position to become the Executive Assistant to the Portland District Commander. In 1979, she was honored as “Employee of the Year.”
In 1982, Claudia met Neal Hanson who also worked at the Corps. Neal, a father of seven children, had been widowed earlier. A friendship developed between them which eventually grew into love. She introduced Neal to her faith and church family. Neal committed his life to Christ and they were married a year and a half later. Her family of two children, expanded by seven, and in order the nine children are Paul, Anne, Peter, Matt, Mary, Holly, Mike, Maggie, and Michelle. Through Neal and family, she was exposed to a wide range of new experiences including, downhill skiing, pickle ball, kayaking, water skiing, sail boarding and many other activities. She has skied down from the top of most of the Northwest mountains. She spent much of her summers enjoying Puget Sound activities in Bremerton.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Claudia fought it with strong determination; undergoing both chemotherapy and radiation. Maintenance medication prevented the spread of cancer until it returned in 2016. She again fought with dignity and all her strength but lost the battle on March 24, 2018.
Living life with a servant’s heart, Claudia touched lives with a gentle and quiet spirit. Her ministry spanned decades as she served faithfully in the orchestra, choir, and various instrumental ensembles in the church and the community. Playing the cello shared space in her heart with teaching the women’s Sunday School class for many years; her passion for both endeavors was unmistakable. She spent countless hours preparing for church classes and women’s conferences. The ensuing friendships developed through these events were remarkable and very valuable to her. She consistently placed others ahead of herself, having a compassion for others that was unequaled.
Claudia passed away, at home, in Vancouver on Saturday, March 24th. She is survived by Neal, her husband of 34 years, 3 brothers, 9 children and their spouses, 23 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and countless friends.
Memorial Services will be held on Monday, April 9th at 11:00 am; Apostolic Faith Church, 5601 SE Duke Street, Portland, Oregon, 97206.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to:
Apostolic Faith Music Lesson Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 86128
Portland, Oregon 97286
Date: Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Apostolic Faith Church
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