Marty was our Membership Chairman for Washington Butterfly Association for many years. Her memorial / open house is planned for Wednesday July 12 from 2:30-6:30 at Tibbetts Creek Manor. Format will be informal. The Manor is located at 750 17th Avenue NW, Issaquah.
Her son Eric wrote the following:
Marty spent years working to acquire, restore and protect the Issaquah Alps. She was involved in many efforts, but I especially remember her work with our book publishing. We did the first comprehensive trail guides for the Issaquah Alps. These guides were critical to our success as it got hikers out all over the Alps and raised a legion of supporters for whole landscapes, not just a couple of trails on each mountain. Marty worked with our authors, printers and distributors and always set high standards and had a positive attitude. Marty Hanson passed away at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue on June 3, 2017 after a short illness and following her treatment for a brain tumor diagnosed earlier this year. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 10, 1939, attended schools in Cleveland Heights Ohio, and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Albion College in Michigan. She was employed as a Medical Technologist at Overlake Hospital throughout her working career and volunteered regularly in schools nurse’s offices while her kids were growing up. She is survived by her sister Anne (Tony), son Eric (Erin), son Kirt, Grandchildren Robin (Anthony), Maxwell, and Beckham and Great Grandson Otto. She was preceded in death by husband Larry and her parents, Ethel and Louis Karnok, her sister Ruthie, and her brother Arthur.
Marty loved adventuring, exploring and discovering the world around us, especially the many forests, lakes and mountains of the pacific northwest. She loved wildlife and was a member of the Washington Butterfly Association, hiking many trails in search of her fluttering friends. With her husband, kids and friends she marveled at nature’s beauty, filling many journals with her expressive writing. She was a loving Mother and Grandmother who guided her kids own adventures and loved watching her Grandkids grow and enjoy their many activities. Her magical cookies and scalloped potatoes will be renowned for generations. She was loved and will be missed greatly by her family and friends. Remembrances may be made to Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund or The Nature Conservancy.