Maureen Slater Hannan, 73, died peacefully Friday evening Nov. 23, 2012 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in the company of her siblings and in the care of consummate professionals.
Mrs. Hannan was born in New Brunswick, NJ on June 20, 1939 to Lillian and Joseph Slater. During her childhood her family relocated to Brookline, VT, and Maureen attended the one-room schoolhouse before moving on to Brattleboro High School.
After high school, Maureen matriculated to Springfield College where she majored in physical education earning a B.S. before moving on to the University of Washington and a M.S. in physical education and a true passion for the Huskies athletic teams! Maureen moved to Seattle, Wash., where she began teaching high school physical education and coaching gymnastics. After retiring from teaching, she moved to the beautiful San Juan Islands where she established a working farm with her husband, John Hannan, on Orcas Island named Little Bit Farm. Maureen raised many animals including sheep and horses. An accomplished artisan, Maureen sold her woolen wares at the Artworks on Orcas Island. A lover of all animals, Maureen had numerous dogs and cats that were truly part of her family on the farm.
Following her husband’s death and her own deteriorating health, Maureen returned to Brattleboro, Vt. to be closer to her family. She is survived by her dog, Gabe, and her cat, Ping, and her siblings: Joseph Slater and his wife Betty of Wilmington, Mass., Deborah Albright and her husband David of Guilford, and Karen Brennan and her husband Peter of Rotunda West, Fla. and her stepsiblings Ernie Martin of Brookline and Kathy Plummer of Meriden, Conn., the children of Burt Martin, Maureen’s stepfather. She is also survived by her stepdaughters: Sharon Hannan, Janet Hannan and her husband Kevin, and Karen Hannan and her husband Karl. Myriad extended family and friends from both coasts will miss her dearly.
A family service will be held at a later date.