Jale' Emine Hansen
1926 - 2019
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April 26, 1926 ˜ December 18,

Jalé Emine (Dural) Hansen, devoted mother and teacher, passed away Dec. 18, 2019, at Aegis Lodge in Kirkland, WA at the age of 93. Born April 26, 1926, in Istanbul, Turkey, Jalé and her family moved to Washington in 1952 and settled in Vancouver in 1963.
Jalé had two major dreams in her life, to be a good mother and to be a good teacher. The walls of her home were covered with pictures of her family and students. Jale’ taught language classes at Hudson’s Bay High School where her students knew her as a demanding teacher with high expectations and colorful fashion. She was passionate about her teaching and devoted to her students, many of whom remained in touch over the years.
After retiring in 1988, Jale’ continued volunteering for the American Red Cross, the Retired Teachers Association, the Sons of Norway, AARP and the American Association of University Women, as well as helping to tutor elementary students in reading. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Vancouver.
Jalé is survived by her son, Leonard M. Hansen (Lillian); five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard T. Hansen; son, Dennis Hansen (Sevil); and grandson, Kyle Hansen.
The family will be holding a private service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Evergreen Hospice (Evergreen Health Foundation at https://www.evergreenhealthfoundation.com/ways-to-give/donate/), Kirkland, WA. Please designate “Hospice Services”.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 5, 2020.
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January 10, 2020
Jale' was an excellent French teacher and a very kind person. She welcomed me into her class even though, at first, I was not enrolled.
Norman LeMoine
January 6, 2020
I was sad to hear of Mrs Hansen's passing. She was an excellent French teacher at Hudson's Bay, preparing me well for college French courses. She was also a friend. She was also one of the few teachers in high school I felt I could talk to about anything. I loved seeing her at our high school reunions throughout the years. Always she would embrace me and we could sit right down and start talking, picking up our lives from the point of the last reunion. My condolences to Leonard and his family as well as Sevil.
Bonnie Sease
January 6, 2020
Leonard and family, Mrs. Hansen was an inspiration to me. She prompted my further study of French, led me to consider travel abroad, plus gave me an example of a teacher's influence. She was both demanding and caring. I learned more in her classes than any others in high school. Her view of the world even brought me to visit Istanbul while living in France. I had planned to meet her there that summer,(didn't quite work out), but my time in Istanbul remains a most amazing cultural experience in my life. She also was an influence when I later chose a career in language education.
My condolences to you as you mourn the loss of Jale'. Rest assured that her influence has had a profound effect on so many of us who were her students.She made a difference in our lives.
Patty Schechla
January 5, 2020
Mrs Hansen was my very tough English teacher and I adored her. She came to our plays and stayed to congratulate us afterwards. She came to our 40th reunion and remembered us all. Rest in peace Mrs. Hansen. My condolences to the family.
Bobbi Steele
January 5, 2020
Jale and my mother Muriel Fowler (who passed in 2011) were great friends and I know Mother welcomed her to the next life with open arms. My deep sympathy to those in her family who are left behind.
Betty Sue Morris
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