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Marilyn R. Hanson

Born: April 21, 1929; in Moline, IL

Died: September 5, 2018; in Carol Stream, IL

Marilyn R. Hanson, nee Craig, 89, formerly of Western Springs, IL, died peacefully on September 5, 2018 at Windsor Park in Carol Stream IL.

Marilyn was born in Moline, IL on April 21, 1929 to Florence (Shantz) and Robert Craig. She graduated from Moline High School in 1947 and went on to attend Illinois Wesleyan University where she was active in student government, dramatics and the french club before graduating with honors in 1951 with a degree in English.

Soon after graduation, she began her professional career by teaching English at Stanford High School in Stanford IL. She went on to earn her Masters Degree in Library Science from Rosary College (now Dominican University) and worked as a Librarian for the Downers Grove and Proviso School Districts before joining Elmhurst Public Library, where she worked until her retirement. Marilyn was a voracious reader and relished great literature. During one of her trips to England, Marilyn insisted on visiting the birthplaces of both Jane Austen and William Shakespeare. She took great pleasure in passing on her love of books to others in both the classroom and the library.

It was while attending Illinois Wesleyan that Marilyn met her future husband, Arthur C. "Art" Hanson, on a blind date. They married in 1952, raised two children, Richard and Susan, and enjoyed sixty-four years together before Mr. Hanson's death in 2016. In 1958, Mr. and Mrs. Hanson moved their young family to Western Springs where they lived for fifty years before moving to Carol Stream. Marilyn and Art loved traveling together and exploring the outdoors, but most of all, they delighted in heading into Chicago to take in concerts, exhibitions at the Art Institute and performances at the Lyric Opera, where they had an annual subscription for many years. After Marilyn retired, she enjoyed her volunteer work at the Western Springs Historical Society, where she used her library expertise to help organize and catalogue the Village's archives.

Marilyn leaves her daughter, Susan Hanson (Samuel) Philbrick of Manchester MA; a son, Richard Hanson and daughter-in-law, Pearl White of Melrose Park IL; five grandchildren, Abigail and Lillian Philbrick, and Alex, Ezra and Jesse Hanson-White; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Marilyn's husband, Arthur C. Hanson; and her brother, Robert Craig, Jr. preceded her in death.

All are welcome to honor Marilyn at a Memorial Service to be held at Windsor Park in Carol Stream IL on September 27th.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Windsor Park Benevolent Care Fund.

Family and friends may sign a guestbook at hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.
Published in Suburban Life Publications on Sept. 14, 2018
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