Rose Mackey Hanna

Longtime La Plata County resident Rose Mackey Hanna died Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Allison. She was 83.

Mrs. Hanna was born to Nelson H. and Enola Mackey on Jan. 22, 1929, in Yellow Jacket in Montezuma County. She spent her formative years helping on the family ranch in Middle Mesa, N.M., about four miles south of Tiffany.

While attending grade school in Tiffany, she rode her horse to school every day. In 1946, Mrs. Hanna graduated from Ignacio High School.

On Sept. 1, 1948, she married Leslie D. Hanna in Aztec.

The Hannas lived in Durango most of their marriage, where Mrs. Hanna worked as a nurse’s aide at Community Hospital and at Mickelson’s Jewelry.

She attended the Church of Christ for many years, and in recent years had enjoyed attending the Cowboy Church in Allison.

She enjoyed sewing and growing flowers.

“Rose was a most caring and generous Christian lady,” her family said, “but nonetheless, not one with whom to trifle. Her life exemplified the true meanings of love and family, and she held great courage and frontier-style determination.”

Mrs. Hanna was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Leslie D. Hanna, in February 2002.

She is survived by her sons Alf Hanna of Allison, Tom Hanna of Bayfield, Doug Hanna of Stephenville, Texas, and Rodger Hanna of Ames, Neb.; daughters Martha Hanna of Allison and Lelia “Dee” or “Deed” Lopez of Ignacio; brother Jack Hanna of Middle Mesa; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Mt. Allison Grange Hall, 10909 Colorado Highway 150.