Barbara Ann Hansen, 89, passed away on Feb 4, 2018 at the McCarthy Care Center after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.
Barbara was born in Boston on July 18, 1928 to Albert A. Halliday and Doris (VanHam) Halliday. She was raised in East Milton and graduated from Milton High School and then the Chandler Secretarial School. Barbara then worked for IBM in Boston and the Milton Public School system. She was very active in Rainbow Girls, even serving in the grand chapter. She married Warren Hansen of Osterville in 1948 and settled in Osterville where they raised two sons, David and Peter. The couple worked together at Hansen's Office Supply until the business was sold in 1989. She then owned and operated Barbara's Gifts until her retirement in 2000.
Besides her husband of 69 years, Barbara leaves behind her son David Hansen and his wife Jennifer of Centerville, her son Peter Hansen and his fiancé Nancy Kelly of Osterville, grandchildren Kristin Rothera and husband Mike of Sandwich, Katey Thompson and husband Ben of Centerville and Amy Britton and husband Eric of Centerville and seven great-grandchildren Grace, Tenley, Emily, Boden, Drew, Molly and Jake. She is also survived by her sister Jane Stover and husband Bob, nieces Wendy Signer, Sharon Gleason, Sandra Orr, and nephews Brett Halliday and Bruce Orr. She was pre-deceased by her brother Lt. Bruce Halliday USN. She wanted us to mention their lifelong friends Jean and Sam Keavey, who introduced Barbara and Warren and visited during her illness. They were frequent companions on their travels around the world.
"Grammy" lived every day to the fullest. She was very involved with her grandchildren's and greatgrandchildren's lives, from babysitting, attending athletic events and spending time with them at the beach. Barbara loved the ocean and swimming in the waves. She stayed fit with yoga and strength training and could often be seen taking her daily one-mile walk around her beloved village of Osterville. Never one to sit still, she always had somewhere to go, friends to visit, projects to complete and her famous homemade oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies to deliver. She was an avid knitter and loved creating sailor's valentines for friends and relatives. She volunteered at the Salvation Army for 20 years and participated in their "Dress a Live Doll" holiday program. She was a long time member of the Osterville Historical Society and a volunteer at the Osterville Village Library. Barbara was always helping others in need.
A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Osterville on Saturday, February 17 at 11AM, followed by a reception at the church. Burial will be private.
In Lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's name can be made to Hope Health McCarthy Care Center, 73 Service Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537