Johanna Edith Hanson, 7, passed away suddenly on April 28, 2014, at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, California, where her mother is stationed in the United States Navy.
A celebration of life vigil will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 7 p.m. at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Havre. Funeral services will be Friday, May 9, 2014, at 1 p.m. at St. Jude Thaddeus.
Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.
Johanna is the daughter of Josh Hanson of Havre and his wife, Darci (Stewart) of Kremlin.
Johanna was born on Dec. 26, 2006, at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Although she was a California girl with beautiful blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, she was a country girl at heart and knew Montana was home. Johanna was active in her local Girl Scout troop, where she had been the top nut seller and top cookie seller for two years running. She loved to sing and dance, and would perform for anybody at any time. She loved art, to paint and color and create, with an imagination that could be rivaled by no other. Johanna had the greenest of thumbs and could usually be found covered in mud, watering plants and digging holes in her parents garden. Johanna loved life unconditionally, the love, care and compassion she showed for all her friends and family was much more than expected of a typical 7 year old.
Johanna is survived by her parents, Josh and Darci (Stewart) Hanson; her brother, William Hanson; her grandparents, Jerry and Linda Hanson, Willy and Colleen Stewart and Judy and Clint Nelson; her great-grandparents, Donald Ramage, Delores Gregory and Kathleen Stewart; her aunts, Amanda (Seth) Hamilton and Emily Stewart, her uncles Chad Hanson, Andrew Stewart and Virgil Stewart; one cousin, Zane Hamilton, and numerous great-aunts and uncles. Johanna was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Jack Gregory, Bill Stewart, Darlene Ramage, and Walter and Johanna Hanson.
A memorial fund to establish an art program in her name at her elementary school has been set up through Wells Fargo Bank.