Shirley Coppin McWilliam Hansen died peacefully in her sleep March 11 in Chico CA. She was born in 1921 and lived 95+ good years. Her body parts simply wore out.
Shirley is the great-granddaughter of a pioneer family (Coppin) that came across the plains in the mid-1800's and homesteaded in a place called Clay Station just south of Sacramento. Shirley was born in Pleasant Grove CA, a farming community near what is currently the Sacramento Airport. She attended East Nicolas High School, Sacramento City College and finished up her studies at Oregon State University. She majored in Home Economics. While attending OSU she met and later married John P. Hansen and were married in a military wedding in Ft. Sill Oklahoma. Husband John went to war while Shirley took care of number one son Mike.
After the war, Shirley, John, and son Mike moved to Modesto where dad worked for the U.S.D.A. Shirley had 3 more children while in Modesto. Marla, John, and Dane followed older brother Mike.
Opportunity sent the family to the South Bay area where Shirley got a Master's Degree in High School Counseling. She worked both as a home economics teacher and counselor at Lincoln High School in downtown San Jose. Number 5 child, Mark, came along at this time. Mark was also born in Modesto, CA.
How she did it is still a mystery to this day. She raised 5 children, worked full time in an inner city high school, was a devoted wife and maintained the family's home in Willow Glen. Mom was an avid quilter. Over her lifetime she made over 100 beautiful quilts. One of her quilts won the Calif. State Fair competition.
After mom and dad retired they purchased land from son, John, and Sandy, and decided to move to Mt. Shasta. They had a house built next door to John and Sandy and for the next 30 years they enjoyed the Mt. Shasta area and had many friends here.
Dad passed away in 2008 and mom said she had enough snow and cold so moved to a retirement home in Chico. She will be remembered by her children as a kind generous spirit and could light up a room upon entering it. She will be missed by both friends and family. Mom requested no celebration for her but asked friends to pay it forward to one's favorite charity. A celebration of mom's life will be held later for family members only.