L. Irene Hansen, 86 of Patriot, departed this world for her Heavenly home, unexpectedly on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Born March 12, 1931 in Gallia County to the late Kelsey and Janie (Branham) Goble. Irene attended school at Perry Rural and also Rio Grande, and in 1947 she married her beloved friend and partner, John W. “Jack” Hansen.

There, on their family farm near Centerpoint, Irene raised their two daughters, Vickie and Vivian, while raising cattle, tobacco and all the duties a farm requires.  She grew a large vegetable garden each year, canning and preparing food, while generously giving to anyone in need.  Irene was an active member of Morning Star Chapter, Eastern Star for many years and continued to be involved at Simpson United Methodist Church in Rio Grande, as well as the Gallia County Conservation Club.  Her warm companionship and unbridled zest of life, earned her many close friendships and the affectionate name “Grandma” or “Mee-Ma” by those who loved her most.  Her home was always open to family visitors alike and the family homestead was much loved by all.

Two years ago, Irene laid to rest her husband of 67 years, after saying goodbye to both parents, a sister,  Connie Goble Cox, sister-in-law, Janet Hughes Goble and numerous loved ones throughout her life, although her passing reunites her with those already gone, Irene left behind a large family who will greatly miss her lively disposition and gently counsel.  Included in that list are her two loving daughters, Vicki (John) Wellington of Patriot, and Vivian (Bill) Conley of Gallipolis; two brothers, Gordon (Donna) Gable of Gallipolis and Jerry (Valarie) Goble of Moundsville, WV; five grandchildren, Jason (Missy) Wellington of Patriot, Erin (Darrick) Knapp of Zanesville, Brad (Lesley) Wellington of Rio Grande, Beth (George) Caison of Clover, SC, and Steven (Amanda) Conley of Gallipolis, and also a special friend, Blake Arnott, who Irene considered as her grandson, and sixteen great-grandchildren, Kenzie, Asher, Elijah, Ben, and Will Wellington, Aiden, Samuel, and Seth Knapp, Isaac and Isla Grace Caison, and Austin, Ian, Brady, Beau, Jayla, and Avery.  Irene’s seventeenth great-grandchild, baby girl Conley is due to arrive any day.

We ask that you please join us in the celebration of such a beautiful life at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 29th at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home in Gallipolis.  Pastor Dan Lamphier is officiating.  Immediately following the funeral services, Irene will be laid to rest next to her husband in Old Pine Cemetery in Rio Grande.

Pall bearers will be: Jason Wellington, Brad Wellington, Steven Conley, Darrick Knapp, George Caison Jr., and Blake Arnott.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Simpson Chapel United Methodist Church 414 Lake Drive, Rio Grande, Ohio 45674.

An online guest registry is available at waugh-halley-woood.com.

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