In memory of
Marrion Crowe Wilbanks Hansen
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In memory of
Marrion Crowe Wilbanks Hansen
Marrion Crowe Wilbanks Hansen Marion Crowe Wilbanks Hansen died on October 7, 2016 at the age of 97. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 24, 1919, to Bailey Benge and Helen Crowe. Her father Benge was a civil engineer and graduate, with her mother, of the University of Texas at Austin. He also had the Franklin automobile dealership in Argentina and Uruguay. She spent her early school years in the Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen and San Benito, Texas, where she graduated as high school valedictorian. She attended Brownsville Junior College for two years and was in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. In her junior year she attended the University of Texas at Austin where she made the honor roll each term and was a Bluebonnet Belle nominee. In her senior year she attended Wichita University after her marriage to Hugh Wilbanks, Jr., in August 1941. She was a "camp follower" as soon as Hugh, a University of Texas graduate, received his commission as lieutenant in the Army. They lived in Boston, Florida and then California where he was a Signal Corps (radar) cadre officer. After WWII they found their way back to Corpus Christi where her parents lived. Her first son, Hugh III, was born in Brownsville, Texas, in 1945 and son John, in Corpus Christi in 1947. In 1956 Marion and her sons, ages 11 and 9, traveled by Lykes Line freighter to visit her parents then living in England. They traveled together through England and Scotland. The three Wilbankses then crossed to Germany to visit her brother, Colonel John H. Crowe (USA) and family, and traveled around western Europe with them. When her two sons went to college at the University of Texas at Austin, she went to work as a government employee at the Social Security office in Corpus Christi. Thanks to her early childhood experience and high school courses in Spanish, she was able to conduct her claims interviews in Spanish when needed. During her 25 years in Corpus Christi she was elected as the first female Elder in the Nueces Presbytery and Parkway Presbyterian Church. As Marion Wilbanks she was a past president of the Texas Ex-Students Association, president of Chapter BJ of P.E.O. Sisterhood, Women of the Church at Parkway Presbyterian, the 21 Study Club, and was vice-president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Nueces County Engineers. She taught Laubach's Each One – Teach One and later in San Benito taught three years in the reading assistance program. She was a member of DAR, Texas Society of Colonial Dames of XVII Century, and Magna Charta Dames. Her husband Hugh Wilbanks died in 1968 and four years later she met and married Richard Hansen of San Benito, Texas. He owned a civil engineering firm and had four married daughters who were dearly loved by her. On their honeymoon they traveled to Cali, Colombia, to visit his friends living there. Back in San Benito Marion made contact with former school and church friends and transferred to the Harlingen Social Security office. She helped organize the San Benito Food Bank and acted as manager for its first three years. In addition, she was a long-time member of the Scottish Society of South Texas. She and Dick enjoyed traveling before it became so difficult. They enjoyed four trips to Denmark and Scandinavia to visit Dick's relatives, Rhine River and Blue Danube cruises, Alaska Inland Passage cruise, Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises and trans-Canada by rail. Other travels included Mexico, South America, Australia and Japan. Five months after Dick died in late 2006 she moved back to Corpus Christi where she lived at Trinity Towers and Holmgreen Center. She re-joined Parkway Presbyterian Church, joined the Emanon Study Club and demitted to Chapter DC of P.E.O. She is survived by her two sons, Hugh Wilbanks and Dr. John Wilbanks; her sister Lucy May Box; three step-daughters, Lynne Wilson, Leslie Cox and Wendy Burch; and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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