Northwest NEWS

November 12, 2001




George D. Branson
   George D. Branson passed away peacefully Oct. 24 after fighting a heroic battle with cancer and other related illnesses. George was very generous and always willing to help others. He also had a great sense of humor and a passion for cooking.
   He was born in Taft, Calif., Jan. 10, 1923, and was raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from Englewood High School with a silver star on his diploma and a scholarship to UCLA as a pre-law student. He later attended Southwestern University Law School.
   In September 2001, he received his Gold Certificate as a 50-year member of the Kern County Bakersfield Lodge No. 224 F&AM. He was a member of York Scottish Rite and Supreme Council 33 and a member of Caledonia Chapter 33, Order of Eastern Star.
   He was an independent owner and operator in the bakery industry and later became a member and officer in Teamsters Local 87.
   He served as secretary treasurer of Local 87 in Bakersfield for 29 years, secretary treasurer of Teamsters Joint Council in Sacramento for 10 years and as trustee in the Teamsters Western Conference Pension Trust Fund in Seattle for 19 years.
   He was a loving, loyal and devoted husband and father. He married Helen on June 4, 1950, and is survived by his wife; sons, Gordon of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gary of Woodinville; two grandsons and two great grandchildren; his sister, Betty Triede of Lincoln City, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Kathryn Branson of Bakersfield, Calif.
   He retired in 1986 and moved to Woodinville. He was a friend and lover of all animals: fur, feather or otherwise.
   He requested cremation and no memorial services. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be mailed to Hooterville Pet Safehaus, PO Box 2293, Woodinville, WA 98072 or another related facility.
   Margaret Hanson
   Margaret Hanson, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Nov. 1 after a courageous four-year battle with melanoma cancer.
   She was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Nov. 12, 1942, to Wayne and Leta Brubacher. She graduated from Wallace High School in Wallace, Idaho, in 1961 and then attended Whitworth College in Spokane. She married Bob Hanson, May 1, 1964, in Seattle while working as a flight attendant for Pacific Northern Airlines. She was beautiful in heart and spirit.
   Besides being a loving mother and wife, Margaret was a talented artist, calligrapher and the coauthor of three best-selling antique pottery reference and value guides. It was her artistic talent that makes the books widely used not only as price guides, but also as coffee table books. She was an exceptionally kind, giving and warm person who beamed happiness and caring for others.
   Bob and Margaret were a true team in every way, shape and form. She was considered a mother to far more people than her immediate family. She was often referred to as "Saint Margaret."
   Margaret is survived by her husband and "love of her life," Bob; four loving children, Theron, Hallie, Harper and Heidi Whaley (Scott) as well as two grandchildren, Hayden and Laine Whaley. They all reside in the Seattle area. She is also survived by her sisters, Joan (Gary) Bertsch of Georgia, Chris Witt of Massachusetts and Linda (Lee) Padberg of Oregon; and by her companion of 14 years, her Yorkie dog, Fergie.
   Margaret will be remembered by all of us lucky enough to have met her and shared precious time with her.
   At her request there will be no services. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society.