Rosie was born Virginia Denise Harrison in Winnipeg in May 1927. She was adopted and rechristened Alice Rose Crockford and grew up in colourful but straightened circumstances in The Pas, Manitoba. She attended business school and entered the working world as a gifted banker after stints as a waitress, a baker and co-caretaker of the tourist camp in town. She always made lifelong friends at every stage of her life. She was irreverent and generous to a fault, with the fabled strong opinions of the redheaded, but tempered with a soft heart and a humanistic philosophy. She married war veteran and cop William (Bill) Hanson in 1950 with a plan in place. He worked first with the Post Office and then the Federal Civil Service. The family moved from The Pas, MB, to Grande Prairie, AB, to Yorkton, SK; Saskatoon, SK; Winnipeg, MB; then finally back to Saskatoon in 1972. She was an avid golfer, and was devoted to the game until well into her 80s. She was a card sharp in any game you could imagine. She could feed 16 people a spectacular meal while dancing in the kitchen looking like a million bucks. She loved animals, donating money to everything from lions to meerkats, and always had pets in the home. But above all Rose cherished Christmas. Her enthusiasm and boundless joy for the holiday season defies description and was a gift to everyone. Her four daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the fruits of the family she built. She was a diamond; grown under pressure, sharp, always shining, many-faceted and resilient more than anything else. She is with us always. Rosie was predeceased by her loving husband William ‘Bill’ in 2012 and is survived by her four daughters Shelley, Gaye, Billie (Jeff) and Vesti (Cameron) as well as her five grand-daughters; Lasha, Keely, Akira (Andrew), Jessa (Kevin) and Dylan, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Due to Covid restrictions a small private family gathering will be held with plans for a Life Celebration for Rose to take place and be announced at a future date.
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