|Birth: ||Jun. 3, 1920|
|Death: ||Oct. 27, 2009|
June Hansen Abbey (June 3, 1920 - October 27, 2009)
Our loving "Granny", June Hansen Abbey, passed away peacefully early Tuesday
morning on October 27, 2009 at the age of 89.
June was born on June 3, 1920, in Ucon, Idaho, to Zilla and Milton Hansen. She was the third of seven children: Max, Vay, Ted, John, Ray and Beth. June loved playing dolls with her older sister and later sewed her own oversized Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for her granddaughters.
Born into a mining and farming family, they often moved to follow work, living a humble childhood in various places throughout Idaho, Washington and Montana. When her family moved from Washington to Hamilton, Montana, she remained to graduate from Burlington High, where she made several life-long friends. She later joined her family in Hamilton, where working as a car hop on roller skates at a local drive-in she met the love of her life Francis M. Abbey. She later moved to Seattle to go to Business College and work as a live-in nanny for a family. Shortly thereafter Francis moved to Seattle to start a lifelong career with the railroad. It was soon after they were married on April 11th, 1942, that Fran was called to serve his country during World War II. However, June also served her country working wartime jobs for the Naval Air station, Boeing, and the Army Service base prior to fulfilling her calling as a full-time wife, mother and homemaker. While Fran was overseas, June gave birth to their first son in San Francisco. After Francis was discharged from the Army, he and June made their home on Dayton Avenue in Seattle. In the following years, June and Fran welcomed five more sons. In 1961, the family built a beautiful home in Brier on the outskirts of Seattle, Washington. They lived in Brier until Fran was transferred to Spokane, Washington in 1968 with the Great Northern Railroad. Finally, following another promotion for Fran and the merger of Great Northern with Burlington Northern Railroad, the family was transferred to Billings in 1970. They moved into their house on Clark Ave and have called it home for the past 39 years.
June had many passions throughout her life. She loved children and truly believed there was no such thing as a bad child. She welcomed all children into their home. June provided childcare for the majority of her years for neighborhood children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
June's love of antiques flowed over, not only into her home, but into her volunteer committee work to save the Old Chamber of Commerce building. She also worked on local restoration projects including the Moss Mansion and the Billings Depot. Her strong beliefs that all people had a voice, led her to serve as an Electoral Judge for many years. She taught her sons to be strong and independent thinkers while also being active participants in their world. This legacy has been passed on to the generations that followed. June was a talented quilter, serving as treasurer for many years with the "Nimble Thimbles" quilting club. She was also a long-time member of the Yellowstone County Extension-Meadowlark Club. June was an avid gardener and could be found in the garden with Francis most evenings throughout the summer and fall. June was a gentle and peaceful lady, and led by example. She never had a mean or harsh word to say about anyone in this world. She took great care of herself, which could be witnessed well into her seventies. She swam, went for long walks and did Yoga regularly.
June was welcomed into heaven by the love of her life, Francis Marion Abbey of nearly 61 years, her parents Milton and Zilla Hansen, and five of her six siblings. She is survived by six sons and daughters-in-law Chuck and Claudia of Billings, Jim and Judy of Seattle, Fred and Lou of Spokane, Tom and Shirley of Billings, Chris and Wendy of Seattle, and Hans and Debbie of Billings; 20 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; her sister Beth Nerger of Spokane; and two sister-in-laws Esther Hansen of Valleyford, WA, and Nancy Hansen of Maple Valley, WA and their respective families.
The family would like to extend our thanks to the wonderful staff at Valley Health Care in Billings, Montana, for their compassion and kindness. It was a blessing to know she was so well cared for in the final years and moments of her life.
In honor of June and Francis' weekly tradition, "a bowl and a roll," memorial gathering of friends and family will be hosted at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Elks Club in Billings. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. at the First Methodist Church in Rockford, Washington.
To honor June and her compassionate spirit, may we continue to take a moment to help someone in need and as she would say, "Give the most valuable thing you can to a child: your time and attention." Love and patience were a natural gift that June so selflessly gave to all who came into her life.
Rest well Granny, you will be dearly missed. We love you.
Hans Milton Hansen (1891 - 1967)
Zilla Shelton Hansen (1898 - 1995)
Francis Marion Abbey (1921 - 2003)*
Created by: Wayne Nerger
Record added: Dec 29, 2010
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