Carol Ann Hanway
On July 2, 1940 in Nampa, Idaho a baby girl was born to the proud parents of George and Elsie Christiansen. They named the child Carol Ann Christiansen.
This was the beginning of the wonderful life of our wife, mother and grandmother. On August 16, 2020, she peacefully ended her journey through life in Garden City, Idaho. A celebration of her life was held at the place she called home, for 46 years, in Nampa, Idaho.
Mom was the oldest of six siblings and grew up in Marsing, graduating from Marsing High School in 1958. It was there she met her best friend, Anson “Babe” Hanway in 1958, at a church function. They were married on January 3, 1960 in Nampa.
They bought their first home on 2nd Ave. in Nampa in 1960. This was the home they lived in when their son, Kent, was born in 1962. Nampa remained their home even as they made several moves, including one to a small farm in south Nampa where they grew alfalfa and kept horses and cows. They moved to west Nampa in 1974 to the place she called home for nearly 50 years.
In the 1960’s Carol was an archery state champion, in fact she enjoyed it so much she was out shooting archery when her water broke. Mom loved spending time in the outdoors whether she was fishing, snowmobiling or camping. Her most cherished times were when she took her grandchildren camping with her.
Mom was a very giving person; she never met a stranger and made many friends throughout her life. It always filled her with joy when someone would come for a visit, be it an old friend, a long lost relative, or just one of the family. She loved company and always had the coffee ready for anyone who might drop by. Their home was often referred to as “Grand Central Station.”
After graduating high school, Mom attended Link’s School of Business. Shortly after, she began her working career at Montgomery Ward, before being hired as the bookkeeper for Home Dairies. After many years at Home Dairies she went to work for Aluma Glass Industries, continuing her bookkeeping career. While working at Aluma Glass she enjoyed commuting and working with her best friend, Babe, for over 20 years. During this time, she also explored her skills as an entrepreneur and opened “Carol’s Apparel” in downtown Nampa. After leaving Aluma Glass, Mom then continued bookkeeping for Anything Glass for a few years before retiring in 2000.
Upon their retirement, Carol and Babe took to the open road in their motorhome and spent many winters enjoying the sun in Arizona. Mom loved to travel and explore new places with those she loved. She fondly remembered the trips she made to Austria, London, and Italy with her family.
We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Grace Memory Care in Garden City, who took such great care of Mom over the past year. You listened to her stories (made up and true) and laughed at her jokes. You had a special place in her heart, and we will always be grateful for the care, kindness, and love you extended to her.
Mom is survived by her husband, Anson “Babe” Hanway; her son Kent (Lori) Hanway; grandchildren, Jennifer Hanway (Sean Lee) and Chelsea Hanway (Chris Overton); her sisters, Georgia Caviness, Connie (Felix) Anderson, Lillie (Tom) Rogers, Joyce Canfield, and George “Butch” Christiansen, many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mom was preceded in death by her parents, George and Elsie Christiansen, her brother-in-law Alan Canfield and her brother-in-law Bill Caviness.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the American Alzheimer’s Association, (ALZ.org).
We love you Mom.
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