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 Nina May “Mickey” <I>Hanson</I> VanHorn

Nina May “Mickey” Hanson VanHorn

Birth
Bowman, Bowman County, North Dakota, USA
Death 28 Dec 2012 (aged 84)
Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Drummond, Granite County, Montana, USA
Plot Section F, Row 6 B, Lot 47 B
Memorial ID 103782688 · View Source
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Mickey VanHorn, former long-time resident and business owner in Drummond, passed away on Dec. 28, 2012, at the Therapy Center of Life Care in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Mickey, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, was born in Bowman, N.D., on Sept. 13, 1928, the third of five children born to Harold and Gena (Haarsager) Hanson. She lived there until age 10, when the family moved to Bozeman, where she graduated from high school in 1946, and worked for Mountain Bell for many years.

Mickey married Howard Schultz on Nov. 1, 1947, and from that union had three children; they divorced in 1957.

Mickey relocated her family to Livingston and later to Helena, where she worked as a desk clerk by day at the Placer Hotel and a bartender by night at the Silver Spur. Because of her outgoing personality, she was befriended by people from all walks of life: from politicians, including Montana's first female senator, Jeannette Rankin, to country music stars such as Charley Pride and Marty Robbins. Life was never dull for Mickey as she drove her own bus her entire life! She loved to dance and followed the rodeo circuit when time allowed. She also loved spending time with her children, which included camping and swimming at Canyon Ferry Lake in summers.

Mickey moved her family to Drummond in 1962, where she tended bar in many local taverns and eventually purchased the Mint Bar. She met and married the love of her life, Ernie VanHorn, on Jan. 29, 1971. They owned Mickey's Bar, Palace Hotel, and All-Night Cafe from 1968 to 1994. Mickey was a wonderful, kind and bighearted woman who would never turn anyone in need away or allow them to go hungry. In fact, she was generous to a fault and would give anyone the shirt off her back; however, she was quick to call foul on those whom she felt needed it. She retired and moved to Cheyenne in 1994.

Mickey was an excellent seamstress who made her cherished "Grama Mickey" quilts for everyone in the family. She loved reading, family gatherings, giving gifts, doing puzzles and was the family matriarch who will be missed by all who knew her.

Mickey is survived by her children, Steve Schultz, Missoula, Peg (Ed) Skinner, Cheyenne, Val Mourich and Gary Campbell, Butte, Judy Gudgel, Missoula, and Ginny (Ray) Powell, Drummond; brothers, Dan (Ann) Hanson and Doug (Alta) Hanson; five grandchildren and their spouses; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mickey was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Jean Clary; brother, Jim Hanson; and grandson, Jory VanHorn.

The family would like to express our sincere appreciation to Mickey's special caregivers and long-time friends for their many years of service and support.

Cremation has taken place in Cheyenne.

According to her wishes, a memorial service will take place during the summer in Drummond.


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  • Created by: Karen Griswold Stroh
  • Added: 19 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103782688
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nina May “Mickey” Hanson VanHorn (13 Sep 1928–28 Dec 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103782688, citing Valley Cemetery, Drummond, Granite County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Karen Griswold Stroh (contributor 47133098) .