Bernardine K. Hanson

Former Salida resident Bernardine “Bernie” K. Hanson, 101, died April 8, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She was born March 14, 1918, in Monarch and was raised in Salida.

After graduating from high school in 1936, she attended Western State College for two years.

Upon graduation from college, she began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Chaffee County.

She moved to Crested Butte in 1939, where she met William B. Hanson. They married in 1942.

Mrs. Hanson took time off from teaching to raise the couple’s four children, Richard, Paul, Lorraine and Helen.

She returned to teaching in 1967 at Fort Logan Elementary School in Sheridan, retiring in 1988 at age 70.

She spent her final months with her son Paul and daughter-in-law Mary at their home in Pecos, New Mexico.

Family members said that Pecos reminded her of the terrain of her youth in Salida. She found it to be a perfect area for enjoying mountains, wildlife, birding and her daily glass of wine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, six sisters and her parents.

Survivors include her daughters, Lorraine Hanson and Helen Hanson; sons, Richard Hanson and Paul (Mary) Hanson; stepdaughter, Geri Skelton; sons-in-law, David Cillo and Robert Campbell; grandsons, Rory Hanson, Bror Hanson (and fiancée McKenzie Lindsey) and Casey Skelton; granddaughters, Kelley Lienau; and special friends Jerry Miller and Woodrow Keener.

Interment will be at Dignity Memorial in Centennial.

Arrangements are with Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe.

The Mountain Mail published a story about Mrs. Hanson’s 100th birthday in March 2018, which can be read at

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