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Lucille Hanson, 86

Lucille (Wagner) Hanson, 86, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.

Lucille Hanson, 86

Born May 29, 1933, in rural Fillmore County, Minnesota, to Eva (TerMaat) and Merville Wagner, Lucille was the youngest of three children. The family moved to Austin in 1942, and following her graduation from Austin High School in 1951, she began a 15-year career in the accounting department at the Geo. A. Hormel Company. In 1965, Lucille married Robert M. Hanson and joined him as owners-operators of the Austin Floral Shop until their retirement in 1985. Lucille took great pride in personally servicing all of the weddings for which the shop provided flowers. She made sure the aisle carpet was perfectly straight and all the corsages and boutonnieres were pinned on “just right” before the bride headed down the aisle.

Lucille was a longtime member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, WELCA, Friends of the Library, Hormel Historic Home, Paramount Theatre volunteers, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was known for her impressive Santa collection and beautiful gardening skills. She also enjoyed traveling, bowling, reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles and visiting with her neighbors when walking her four-legged companion, Muffy.

Lucille will be affectionately remembered by her close long-time family friends, Toby and Jean Dick, their daughter and their three grandsons, with whom she shared many holidays and special occasions. Lucille is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She often spoke of the fond memories she had spending time at the Root farm with extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; parents; a sister and brother; and childhood to lifelong best friend, Peggy (Ryks) Olson.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Mayo Hospice staff and to Lucille’s niece, Bonnie and Merril Meier, for all of their exceptional care and support.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private graveside service was held. A celebration of her life will be announced and held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin as well as the Mayo Clinic Hospice Program. Arrangements are by Mayer Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com.