At 113, oldest known Canadian, Cora Hansen, dies in Medicine Hat


Cora Hansen lived long enough to see three different centuries. She was alive during the First World War, the Great Depression, the Second World War, the rise of rock and roll, the fall of the Berlin Wall and whatever else happened between March 25, 1899 and April 18, 2012. Hansen passed away Wednesday at the Valley View Retirement Community in Medicine Hat, Alta. At 113, she was Canada’s oldest known citizen.

Hansen once credited her longevity to the fact that she lived “a plain life,” avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, and taking regular walks, CTV reports. She was born in Minnesota, but later moved to Alberta, riding a horse-drawn carriage to the family’s homestead 100 years ago. Hansen became Canada’s oldest known citizen in December 2011, after Sim Ying Fung, 112, died at a hospital in Burnaby, B.C.

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At 113, oldest known Canadian, Cora Hansen, dies in Medicine Hat

  1. I met Mrs Hansen in 1980 when I was almost 7 years old. She was a wonderful woman, completely self less, and I have never met anyone like her. She will be missed but anyone who has ever met her will always remember her.

  2. This grand lady was my aunt, my mother’s sister (I myself am 82).  Because of geographic considerations, our physical encounters were few but correspondence during her younger years was very frequent.  During all those years I never heard or read an unkind word from her about anyone.  Her heart was simply full of love and kindness.  Her God must be immensely proud of His creation.

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