Arvilla Hanson (1931 – 2021) Obituary – Denver, CO
Arvilla Hanson passed this life peacefully on December 14, 2021; she is predeceased by her beloved sixty-seven-year-old husband, Theodore (Ted) Hanson. Arvilla was born in Concordia, Kansas, in February 1931; she was the first child and eldest daughter of Vach and Laura Huber.
In life, Arvilla was a remarkable woman with an extraordinary mind, a keen sense of purpose, a woman of great determination, and both well read and well educated. She lived a life of service and in the imperative of defending those in need. Arvilla’s life has served as an inspiration to so many in her roles as a woman, an educator, a champion for children and the importance of lifelong education. The family would like to take this time to honor a full life, a life equally well lived and well lived, and the extraordinary daughter, mother, aunt, friend, student, teacher and community leader that she has been throughout. of his life of almost 91 years. .
Arvilla began her own education at the Octagon School in Ames, Kansas. As the school needed an additional student to open initially and his father, Vach Huber, was a member of the school board, he enrolled the then four-year-old Arvilla in first grade where his love of education and teaching has started. Even at Arvilla’s tender age, she was a very capable student who quickly completed her daily studies; Noticing her love of learning, the teacher encouraged her to help other students, some older ones.
Arvilla’s education took place at a time when she rode to school on horseback until her younger sister, Vera, came of age a few years later; Around this time, their father Vach was designing, crafting, and crafting a cart that their horse, Doc, couldn’t disturb in the horses’ desire to take quick turns and come home after school. Arvilla had to learn how to unhook the horse from the cart, tie up the horse and hang the horse back on the cart to get home. When Arvilla began his first teaching assignment, a student asked him to go out and meet his horse; it was Doc. Hearing Arvilla’s voice, Doc caught her ears knowing who she was and expressed his joy at seeing her. Such a beautiful loop for Arvilla who heard from this student again on the occasion of her 85th birthday reminding her of that day.
The students studied in the sunlight through open curtains because there was no electricity. The teachers arrived well before school hours to start the stove for heating to ensure a comfortable learning environment as there was no central heating / air. Teachers taught multi-age groups from elementary to high school, all in the same room, who attended school every day of the school year, even in bad weather. There were no snow days, no snow plows, no public school buses and the students were looking forward to the day of school and learning.
Arvilla attended Concordia High School where she met her future husband, Ted Hanson, in 1944; he was 14, she 13. After graduation and determined to continue her education, Arvilla attended Emporia State College where she obtained her teaching certificate and Ted went to State University from Kansas. By the summer of 1949, she had accepted her first full-time position. As the first teacher before her, Arvilla would embark with a couple who chaired the school board of a nearby community and walk a mile and a half to school daily, arriving early in the morning to heat the school for the children. and prepare the building for learning.
The following year, with a year of teaching behind her, Arvilla returned to Concordia and accepted a position as a multigrade teacher at the “Red School House”. Arvilla was eighteen, some of his students were fifteen. Students at Arvilla have written to her over the years about how she was instrumental in their love of education and their self-confidence, proud of their fulfilled life. On her way home for Fall Fest, her children were able to meet some of her teachers but also meet some of her students where she was approached to ask if she still remembered them. She always has and asked about their lives today.
Ted and Arvilla were married at First Presbyterian Church on May 25, 1952; Shortly after their marriage, Ted was called up to active duty at Sampson Air Force Base in Geneva, New York, during the Korean Conflict. Basically, Arvilla continued to educate children until the birth of her first daughter. After completing the service engagement, the couple returned home to Concordia with their new daughter and welcomed their oldest son who was born at Concordia. With Ted accepting a job with Boeing, the young family moved to Wichita where Arvilla continued to teach while returning to college through correspondence programs, determined to earn her BA in education. Even with full-time education, two young children and another child on the way, Arvilla completed her education. Eventually, at almost 50 years old, Arvilla continued with her education, completing some 66 master’s hours in courses she was interested in.
After accepting a position with Martin Marietta, the family moved to Colorado where the Arvillas raised six children in the Columbine area. Arvilla and her husband were leading members of the community, serving for more than 50 years, with Arvilla teaching in newly opened schools and Ted and two of his close friends launching sports leagues for young athletes in the area under the name of the Columbine Sports Association. This LLC was transferred to the Jeffco Sports Association in 1993 when Ted retired. Committed to the importance of community and education, Arvilla firmly believed that a good education was the critical first step towards preparing young children for the world they faced, a fundamental requirement for a prosperous nation.
Arvilla has always believed that every child has the ability to learn, and teachers need only find the vehicle through which the student receives information most effectively, that “every child deserves a champion – an adult who doesn’t. will never abandon them. , who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can be. “~ Rita Pierson. Arvilla has always been this champion, this advocate, this warrior for children.
After his retirement, Arvilla once again focused on building a better community and working to meet the needs of others. Rather than retire, Arvilla became one of the two founding members of the Southwest Regional Women’s Group, a women’s organization focused on community work on behalf of women and family issues in the areas of health and welfare. education. Each year, the organization helps families by donating backpacks filled with specific school supplies to elementary schools in the area, undertakes food drives to restock the pantry at the Jefferson County Action Center, and hosts a celebration. annual which empowers women and their uniqueness.
Arvilla has touched so many lives with her work and dedication to others. We honor the wife, wife, daughter, mother, aunt, friend, mentor and educator that she has been throughout her life. Arvilla has been an inspiration to young and old alike about what can be accomplished if you commit to making a difference. Her incredible spirit, dedication to family, fierce dedication, steadfast nature, beloved advocacy and fearless determination will be missed. Good luck, my dear mother. Our father is waiting for you.
Arvilla’s Life to be Celebrated: Monday, December 27, 2021, 11:15 a.m., Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, CO 80236, Staging Area C:
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