Meadville Tribune

May 8, 2013

Jessie Robertson Hanson

The Meadville Tribune

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Jessie Robertson Hanson, 99, departed this life on Sunday, May 5, 2013, At NHC Healthcare in Johnson City, Tenn.

She was born on June 4, 1914, in California, Pa., where she grew up. During World War II, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Akron, Ohio. Following the untimely death of her first husband, she returned to Pennsylvania, attended Slippery Rock University and Penn State University, earning a master’s degree in physical education. She taught physical education at Meadville High School for 30 years. After retiring, she resided in Ft. Myers, Fla., and in 2001, moved to Johnson City. She traveled extensively and loved her nieces and nephews and their children. She attended Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Jessie was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Becker; son, Robbie Becker; her second husband, William C. Hanson, beloved swim coach at Allegheny College in Meadville; a sister, Mary R. Straka; and two brothers, Alexander and Robert Robertson.

She is survived by her niece and husband, Jean and Charles Barnes, her great nephew, Charles E. (Curt) Barnes, wife, Beth, and children, David, Megan and Luke, of Johnson City; and great niece, Karen B. Oakes, husband Craig, and children, Emily and Trevor, of Suwanee, Ga.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to CNAs Wendy, Sharon, Amanda and Kelly, and nurses Alicia, Judy and Amanda on station 2 at NHC for their loving care and concern, to Caris Healthcare and also to Alena Haynes and staff at Colonial Hill Retirement Center where Jessie resided for several years. Thank you for the support of friends at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held at a soon-to-be-specified time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Special Olympics or Easter Seals.

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East Lawn Funeral Home, Kingsport, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements and is honored to serve the Hanson family.