Viola Converse Hanson

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Former Juneau resident Viola Converse Hanson, 85, passed away in Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 6, 2004, after suffering a stroke.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1919, in Juneau to Wilbur Bernie and Myrtle (Bland) Converse. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1937.

She married Ove Hanson in Juneau on June 22, 1939. Their three children were born in Juneau. The family built their home at 3291 Douglas Highway in the early 1940s and lived there until they left town in the early 1950s. After several years in the Seattle area, they moved to Tennessee, where they lived their lives out. Ove died in Johnson City, Tenn., in 1975. She moved to Knoxville, Tenn., to live with her son the last two years of her life.

She was the last of the original Converse family that moved to the Juneau/Douglas/Treadwell area in 1914 to work in the mines. She was the lone member of this long-time family that moved away from Alaska to live elsewhere.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Berna West and Betty Jean Converse; and brothers, Clarence, George, Robert, Ryder, Sammy and Billy Converse.

She is survived by her children, Bernie Hanson in Knoxville, Tenn., Christine Wick in Federal Way, Wash., and Julie Stow in Rockwood, Tenn.

Services for Viola Hanson are being held in the two Kingdom Halls she was associated with. One is in Knoxville. She was a member of the other, in Johnson City, Tenn., for 32 years.

No services will be held in Juneau.

The family may be reached at 809 Hickory Street, Knoxville, Tenn., 37912.

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