Hansen, 68, of Little Rock died Friday, September 5. She was born July
16, 1940, to the late Carrie and Clay Hansen. In addition to her
parents, she was pre-deceased by her niece, Allison Anne Wimberly, and
brother-in-law Ed Wimberly.
She is survived by her son, Douglas Hansen Griffiths, her grandson,
Chasen Smith Griffiths, her sister, Reverend Lynn Wimberly Lindsey and
husband, Wayne, and her neighbor and special friend, Donna Davis, all
of Little Rock.
She is also survived by five nieces and nephews: Beth Wimberly
Hohfeler and husband Jay; Clay Wimberly; Mary Kate Wimberly; Todd
Lindsey and wife, Gwen; and Elaine Lindsey Porter and husband, Robert;
and the following great nieces and nephews: Molly, Maggie, and Kate
Hohfeler; Tyler and Hannah Lindsey; Joseph and Matthew Porter.
A 1958 graduate of Little Rock Central High School, she attended
Hendrix College, earned her bachelor of arts degree from the
University of Arkansas and a master of arts in teaching and a
doctorate in education from the University of Memphis.
Dr. Hansen's distinguished career in public education began in Memphis
and continued in Little Rock until her retirement in 2002. She taught
English at Hall and Parkview High Schools and was an assistant
principal at Henderson Middle School and Parkview High School. In
1991, she was selected by the Arkansas Association of Secondary School
Principals as the state's Assistant Secondary Principal-of-the-Year
and represented Arkansas at the national "Leadership Forum for
the 21st Century" in Oak Brook, Illinois, in 1992.
Her numerous affiliations included Delta Kappa Gamma, the National
Education Association, the Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association
and the Little Rock Retired Teachers Association.
An active lifelong member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church,
she was a past president of the Dietz Dialogue Sunday School Class and
a member of the Altar Guild, Food Pantry Board, Cancer Friends, and
Circle of Hope. For several years she taught the first grade Sunday
School class and in recent years served as an usher.
She enjoyed reading, traveling, the theatre, going to the movies and
having lunch with her friends. As a child, Anne preferred reading over
sewing and other activities. Her mother would often say, "The
only handiwork my daughter ever did was to turn the pages of a
An outstanding teacher and administrator, Anne was loved and respected
by both friends and colleagues. She taught others how to live and
celebrate life with grace, courage, sensitivity, and an unfailing
sense of humor. She was very much looking forward to her 50th Central
High class reunion in two weeks.
The family would like to especially thank Dr. Mariann Harrington and
the staff at the Little Rock Hematology/Oncology Clinic; Dr. Pamela
Stone and staff at the women's oncology clinic at UAMS; the UAMS
Ovarian Cancer Support Group; the nursing staff on the cancer floor at
BMC, and the staff at Arkansas Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 8, at
Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church with the Reverend Victor H.
Nixon officiating. A reception will follow in Wesley Hall. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the Pulaski Heights United Methodist
Church Foundation or to the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church
Cancer Friends Support Group, 4823 Woodlawn, Little Rock, Arkansas
72205. Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home,