OBITUARY: Marie Colello Hanson, 1956 - 2011 |

OBITUARY: Marie Colello Hanson, 1956 - 2011

Marie Colello Hanson tragically lost her life while camping in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Stevenson, WA in early July 2011.

Marie was born on September 27, 1956 in Chicago, IL … the daughter of Anthony and Anne Colello. She was raised with her brother James and sisters Valerie and Barbara. At the age of 16 she met the love of her life William Hanson in Covina, CA. They married in 1977 and had 2 children: Michael and Tawny. In 1985 Billy and Marie moved their family from Southern California to South Lake Tahoe to provide a healthier place to raise their children. Marie worked for the District Attorney’s Office and Family Support for many years.

Marie was known for her great sense of humor which was punctuated by her infectious laugh. Her friends describe her as the most kind, loving, giving and loyal friend one could have. She was very generous with her time; volunteering at her church Sierra Community and helping everyone around her. She always cared more for others than she did herself. She was very grounded and sure of her faith in Jesus Christ. Although she will be missed terribly we know she is home with the Lord.

Marie lived for her family; she loved taking walks with her husband Billy and listening to him play the guitar. They spent lots of time reading the Bible together and shared a love for Christ. She was thrilled to attend her son Michael’s wedding in late June and watched him marry a wonderful woman Nina Ancharski. Although Mike lived on the other side of the country, she always made sure they talked frequently so she could keep up with his life, they had a very special bond.

Marie and her daughter Tawny shared a love of travel, taking trips together during which they would have long talks sharing stories and laughing their butts off. They frequently went to the theater to watch the newest movies. Marie and Tawny weren’t just mother and daughter they were also best friends. Marie absolutely adored Tawny’s children, her grandchildren Mikey and Leilah. She was the best “Ma” in the world. They loved having sleepovers at her house and she spoiled them silly. She couldn’t get enough of them.

Marie is survived by her husband Billy, son Mike Hanson, daughter-in-law Nina, daughter Tawny Enterline, son-in-law Tim, grandson Mikey and granddaughter Leilah, her mother Anne Colello, sister Barbara Chen, sister Valerie Hahne and brother Jim Colello, many nieces and nephews, extended family and many, many friends.