Flossie “Flo” Hanson, 93, of Yorktown, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Oct. 3, 2021. She was preceded in death by husband, CW4 Robert Hanson Sr.; parents, Harry and Pearl O’Bryan; sisters (and their spouses), Helen Spence (Daniel), Dorothy Suarez (Lee), Inez Ziegler (Austin), Joyce Volk (Frank); brother, Pete O’Bryan, and also, daughter, Jan Conway.
She is survived by son, Robert “Bobby” Hanson, Jr.; daughters, Judy Alfonso (J.J.), Donna Hanson, Carol Garrison (Jerry), and Nancy Friday (John); grandchildren, Rachel, Leah, Rebekah, Tim, Jake, David, Derek, Bryan, Jonathan, and Jeremy and great-grandchildren, Lucas, Madison, Teel, Arden, Lily, Cora, Elliot, Lincoln, Sydney and expected twins (Rowan and Rose) due in the coming weeks. Also, many beloved nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Flo was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1928, into a big and loving family. She always spoke warmly of her parents and siblings and had many wonderful memories of a happy childhood. She married her husband, Bob, in 1947. In 1949, she became a mom and loved every second of motherhood, grandmotherhood and great-grandmotherhood. It brought her tremendous joy and she was very much loved in return.
Besides loving and nurturing her family and being a faithful officer’s wife, her faith and relationship with Jesus Christ was the most important aspect of her life. Her faith brought her immense happiness and contentment and helped her navigate through many adversities she faced throughout her long life. She was known for having profound kindness, ample wisdom and was always looking at people through lenses of love. Many people were drawn to just sit and talk with her. She loved people and more so, she loved sharing her faith with them. She had story after story of how God used her to uplift the various people she came in contact with. Flo was also known for spending much time in prayer for her family, friends, country and anyone in need. After raising most of her children, she joined Bob overseas and enjoyed living and traveling in Europe. After returning to the U.S., Flo and Bob went traveled in their RV enjoying their retirement years to the fullest. Most people say that heaven gains an angel when their loved one dies and that is true about our mom, but in this case, we can honestly say that our world has lost an angel. We are forever grateful for her legacy of faith and love.
Many thanks to the caregivers throughout the past several years, especially Crystal, Krista, YaYa and Denise who cared for her these last few difficult months. She always referred to them as family and she knew they felt the same way about her. A special thanks to Sentara Hospice staff for their compassion and care at home and at the Sentara Hospice House facility in Virginia Beach.
A small, private, family service is planned. She will be buried alongside her husband in Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Online condolences can be made through Currie Funeral Home at: https://www.curriefuneralhome.net/ and gifts of remembrance for Flo can be made to Open Door Ministries or Samaritan’s Purse.