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July 19, 1927-July 11, 2013

Arleen A. Hanson, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes.

Arleen Annetta Hanson was born to George and Alma (Tollefsrud) Braaten on July 19, 1927 in Mayville, N.D. She grew up and attended school there, graduating from Mayville High School. She then attended the Interstate Business College in Fargo, and worked for a period of time at Bell Telephone in Fargo.

On April 8, 1950 she was united in marriage to Duane Hanson in Mayville. At that time they moved from Fargo and started a dairy and grain farm together north of Detroit Lakes. They have lived there for the last 63 years.

Arleen was an active member of Richwood Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday school and working with the ladies groups. As a mother of seven children she was active in the Richwood Red Peppers 4-H Club as one of the leaders. Being a member of TOPS was a very important part of her life. She cherished her friends that she made with that group.

Arleen was a very kind and giving person and will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband Duane; four sons, Dan Hanson of Moorhead, Dwight Hanson of Audubon, Brad (Leah) Hanson of Audubon and Brian (Lisa) Hanson of Detroit Lakes; two daughters, Sharlene (Kevin) Mattson of Kindred, N.D., and Sheila (Gordon) Olson of Fredericksburg, Va.; 12 grandchildren, Derek (Summer) Hanson, Danelle Hanson, Dustin (Andrea) Hanson, Sheena (Zack) Bateson, Jeremiah Mattson, Theta (Michael) Carnahan, Chris (Kayla) Hanson, Catrina (Richard) Monroe, Eric Hanson, Miata Olson, Korey Hanson and Christian Hanson; five great grandchildren, Anna, Avva, Tyler, and Arra Hanson, and Isaac Bateson; and one sister, Ruthie Farm of Portland, Ore.

Preceding her in death were her son, Gary "Chester" Hanson; her parents; daughter-in-law, Debbie Hanson; and one brother, Aldus Braaten.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17 at Richwood Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes, with interment to follow in the church cemetery.

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