Paula Mae Hansen
Paula Mae Hansen found rest from her long battle with leukemia Sept. 5 at the age of 48. All three of her kids, son-in-law and mother were at her side as she went peacefully, finally free of pain and discomfort.
Paula was born in Spokane Oct. 19, 1964, to her parents Gordon and Rhoda Hansen and grew up in Medical Lake with her younger brother, Christopher. She was a medical receptionist with Rockwood Medical Center, at the main clinic and the Cheney and Medical Lake satellites, for 15 years before moving to the Seattle area in 2005 for a bone marrow transplant.
Over the many years of doctor visits at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and UW Medical Center, she often joked that she had become a “professional patient.” In both healthcare “careers,” she was noted for her warm smile, kindness, and joy.
She was a strong, dedicated single mother to her three children and enjoyed reading, spending time outdoors and looking for wildflowers, and peaceful days at her parents’ farm. Paula had many artistic abilities ranging from painting and drawing as a young adult, to beading and crocheting in recent years.
She is sorely missed by her family and will always be remembered as a warm woman of courage and grace with great trust and faith in Christ. She is survived by her children, Susan, Carmen, and Jordan, son-in-law, Zach, mother, Rhoda, as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Heidi. Her family is truly grateful to all who helped Paula through this arduous journey.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to two organizations that helped Paula most. Please send your memorial donations to either: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, PO Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023 by mail, (877) 308-3117 by phone, or online http://www.seattlecca.org for myeloid leukemia research; or to Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210 by mail, (888) 459-0438 by phone, or online http://hospiceofspokane.org. Indicate that your gift is in memory of Paula Hansen.