Joan Wright Hanson Obituary, Death – I am saddened to inform you of the death of my loving grandmother Joan Wright Hanson. She died quietly surrounded by loved ones this morning near her hometown of Newbrunswick, where she relocated back last year, after a long and heroic struggle with cancer. After residing in Hamilton for quite some time, these were her roots and a comfortable environment for her to be surrounded by tranquility and family.
My grandmother had a strong and positive spirit and always welcomed me for who I was. She always asked me about my “boyfriends” over the years or if I had one every time I saw her, and I’m so thankful she was always accepting of who I was from the start. She was full of life and had a terrific sense of humor. Given her heritage, religion, and age, she was one of the most “woke” individuals I know. She always had an open mind and accepted everyone who was a good person.
She was always eager to have a good time and cracking dirty jokes, ensuring that there was never a dull moment while she was around. She was a lot of fun, and I felt a genuine connection with her whenever we drove in her car from family gatherings back to the city, and I would hitch a ride with her. In retrospect, I wish I had more of these moments with her. We’ve just found each other. Our perspectives, our humour, everything was always in sync.
I wish we had spent more time together when she was here on Earth, but as the social butterfly she was, she was always booked and busy, which made my heart happy. I’m glad I got to say goodbye to her in person with my mom, brother, cousin Kyle, and Aunt Kim in January. I spoke with her on the phone last night before she died this morning at 5:45 a.m. I was told that she could hear what we said but couldn’t answer. I’m relieved that she heard me. My mother held the phone to her ear and put me on speakerphone so I could tell her how much she had meant to me through the years.
Last night, my mother played her favorite song, “The Dance” by Garth Brooks. Which I shall honor today by listening to.
Her courage and perseverance during her cancer struggle were incredibly inspirational. She tackled each day with bravery and optimism, and her unbreakable spirit will continue to inspire me and countless others. While we mourn my grandmother’s death, we also celebrate her life and the many fond memories we enjoyed together. She will be greatly missed, but her love and light will linger on in our hearts forever.