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Fiksdal Funeral Service
Thursday January 19th, 2017

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Georgia Hanson

Georgia Hanson, 81 of Woodbury, MN and formerly of Waubay died on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at a Woodbury care center. Her funeral will be at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster, Rev. Janet Miller will officiate. Burial will be at Hope Lutheran Cemetery at Summit at a later date. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services on Thursday. Fiksdalfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, a memorial to the SD Alzheimer’s Association, 1000 Northwest Ave. #250, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 is preferred. Her family thanks everyone for their generosity in finding a cure for this dreaded and cruel disease. Georgia Rae Reynolds was born on Thursday March 7th 1935 to Glenn and Hazel (Legaard) Reynolds in Watertown SD. Georgia grew up on a farm west of Summit SD, attended country school in Mazeppa Township, Grant County. Upon the country school closing, Georgia finished her education at Summit Public School, graduating in 1954. She attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen SD after High School graduation securing a 2 year teaching certificate. Following her completion of her certificate at NSTC, Georgia accepted a teaching position in Webster SD. In 1956 she married Alvin “Bud” Hanson at the Summit Lutheran Church in Summit SD. She continued to teach in Webster until the birth of their first child, Keith in March 1959. Georgia enjoyed her role as a stay at home mom, bringing into the world a 2nd son Gordon in May of 1962. Georgia re-entered the teaching world in 1966 at the Waubay Public School system. She continued her higher education while teaching full time in Waubay, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Northern State College, graduating with honors in 1972. She taught various classes ranging from 3rd grade to 7th grade over the course of her 32 year career in Waubay. Georgia retired from the Waubay School system in May of 1997. In retirement she enjoyed leisure time with Bud doing yardwork, maintaining her garden and flower beds, golfing and an occasional visit to a local casino. Following Bud’s passing in 2004 Georgia found a fellowship of friends, new acquaintances and former colleagues at the Waubay Senior Citizens Center. She enjoyed daily meals with the group and countless afternoons and evenings of Pinochle and Whist. This group was truly a blessing to her as she adjusted to life alone in Waubay. In 2010 Georgia entered the Park Place Assisted Living facility in Milbank making her residence there until January of 2014. At that time she relocated to Prelude Cottages Memory Care in Woodbury MN. Throughout her life Georgia enjoyed her teaching career, her community, her family and the many, many friends she made along the way. She and Bud were avid bowlers and enthusiastic car racing fans. Georgia was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Waubay, Joy Circle, The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Tuesday Literary Club and the Waubay Seniors Citizens. Survivors include hers sons Keith of St Paul MN, Gordon (Terri) of Bolivia NC and granddaughter Lexi of Bolivia NC. Georgia was preceded in death by her husband Alvin and her parents.

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I did not have Georgia as a teacher, but remember her well in Waubay. She and Bud lived down the street from my parents home. I moved away before the streets had names, so I couldn't tell you the street. They always had a nice yard and garden. Sorry to hear of another Waubay Icon gone to their great reward. Joe (Connie) Mogen

Joe Mogen Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

Keith and Gordon, Your parents were wonderful people! She was an excellent teacher and quite witty, too. After I delivered the WHS Commencement Address in the mid-90s, she said, "You didn't mention the time that you, Kenny Evenson, and Tom Mikkelson egged our house on Halloween!" Bill Bisgard and maybe Dan Barnhardt were somehow involved. The next morning we were out there cleaning off the side of your house (while she supervised). Georgia was a good lady!

John Mogen Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

My condolences to the family at this most difficult time. May God provide you the strength needed now and in the days ahead. (Isaiah 12:2, Psalm 34:18)

Beatrice Mitchell Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

Believe I was in one of her first 5th grade classes in Webster! From what I can remember, it was a BIG class, but an enjoyable year! Sympathies to the family.

Betty Bancroft Lewis Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Georgia Hanson

Betty Bancroft Lewis Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

Keith & Gordon, your mom was my teacher for both 3rd & 5th grade, I believe. She spoke of both of you often, actually- telling us of your career accomplishments, where you lived, and her visits to see you, among other snippets. Her love for you both was clear. I have fond memories of specific projects we did under her teaching! Prayers for peace in your hearts as you await seeing her again.

Trisha Miller Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Georgia Hanson

Trisha Miller Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

Georgia was a wonderful woman. She was a talented, giving, and excellent teacher. I was greatly blessed to be on the teaching staff at Waubay for 5 years with her. She also was a wonderful bowler and we had a lot of fun times at the bowling alley. She greatly blessed my life and will be missed.

Connie Saathoff Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Georgia Hanson

Connie Saathoff Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

Keith and Gordon: I have so many good memories of your Mom, either as a teacher or bowling. She was one of a kind and she will be missed. You and your family have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother. She was always so proud of you and talked about you often. I know she is in Heaven watching over her family, but also checking out the nearest bowling alley with your Dad!

Linda Walters Jan 16 2017 12:00 AM

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