Phyllis passed away quietly on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 of natural causes. She was born in Carrington, North Dakota on Jan 9, 1922 to Arthur and Margaret Leifson. Phyllis graduated from Carrington High School.
She met her future husband, Alfred (Al) Hanson and they were married on Jan. 10, 1940. The marriage lasted for 64 years. From this union a daughter, Carolyn Lee, was born on December 15, 1940.
During the war both Phyllis and Al worked at the Oregon Shipyards. Al as leadman and Phyllis a production welder overhead in the high bulk area of the ships. After the war was over, she worked at the Social Security Administration for 2 years, and then as a homemaker. In 1950, Phyllis was hired as a credit manager for Montgomery Wards in Oregon City. After a few months she was promoted to Manager of the store and ran the training program. Phyllis belonged to several Masonic organizations. Phyllis was Worthy Matron of Pioneer Order of Eastern Star in Oregon City.
One of Phyllis and Al's joys was their grandchildren Gary and Larry, who they enjoyed spoiling and spending a lot of quality time. The time spent with Grandma and Grandpa is a fond memory of the boys.
She made all the family's clothes. Later she discovered machine embroidery. Making machine embroidered squares and putting them together in quilts was her passion. She quilted her last quilt at 97.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Lloyd. Her husband Al Hanson; her son-in-law Wayne Hauck; and her grandson, Gary Hauck. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Hauck, and grandson Larry Hauck (Shannon). The family would like to thank her care provider Elena Mihalut, at Meadowlark Assisted Living Adult Foster Care for the excellent and loving care Phyllis received during her stay there. Elena and her staff were a blessing to Phyllis and her family.
The service for Phyllis will be held on Tuesday, April 13th at 1:30 p.m. at Hillside Chapel, 1306 7th Street, Oregon City. Any donations in Phyllis' name should be to the Sew and Sew of St. Stephens Lutheran Church.