Hannah Anderson

Obituary of Hannah Joy Eileen Anderson

September 28, 1998 - Plano, Texas

July 18, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta


Hannah Joy Eileen Anderson, precious, cherished, daughter of Margaret and Mark and beloved sister of Beth Green (Sheridan) and Jay Anderson (Brittany); is also survived by her grandmother, Phyllis Anderson; her aunt, Beth MacIntosh (Ken Stokes); her uncles, Kirk Anderson, Clay Anderson, Carl Scott (Judy Gray), and Clarke MacIntosh (Shannon MacDonald); her cousins, Duncan, Kirsten, Tara, Lindsay, Aren, Shaun, Marcie, Tom, Lyndsay, Alanna, Kaitlyn, Liam and their families; her nephews, Hector, Fred and Axle; and her nieces, Ella and Hennessy. Hannah has been joyously welcomed back Home by her grandfather Jay Anderson, her grandparents Stuart and Muriel MacIntosh, her uncle Greg, and her aunt Jan on the other side of the veil.


Hannah began school in Richardson, Texas in the PPCD program, attended the in-patient feeding program at Our Children’s House Baylor, in Dallas, Texas, the Brent Woodall Foundation For Exceptional Children in Irving, Texas, the Sinneave Foundation, and graduated from the Janus Academy in Calgary, Alberta in 2019. From the age of 10 months, she was a regular in the Moms and Tots swim class in Richardson, Texas - never aging out of it until she moved away. She swam like a dolphin, spinning and turning joyfully in the water.  In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she loved the Primary songs, and earned her Young Women medallion vicariously through the efforts of many wonderful young women. She enjoyed going to camp including Sky Ranch, Camp Summit, Camp Camp, Easter Seals Camp Horizon, Camp Sunflower, Camp He Ho Ha, and William Watson Lodge.


Hannah loved music, listening to the Tabernacle Choir and General Conference, swimming, dancing, Disneyland, giving hugs, teasing, horseback riding, ziplining, being out in nature, the front seat of a toboggan or raft, and feeling the wind in her face. She frequented Calaway Park and held a season pass to the Calgary Zoo and Heritage Park where her favourite ride was The Whip. She was very often seen strolling, in her giant jogging stroller, with her devoted Dad in Fish Creek Park and around the Glenmore Reservoir. 


Hannah taught us the true meaning of the expression “It takes a village to raise a child.” Her excellent physicians, specialists, therapists, teachers, church leaders, caregivers and friends are innumerable. Her brief sojourn in mortality touched so many so deeply – even strangers. Words are inadequate to express our deep heartfelt gratitude to all. May your cherished memories of her radiant smile, and sense of mischief and fun bring comfort to you at this time.


We would also like to express gratitude for the assistance we received through various programs including MDCP, CLASS both of Texas and FSCD, PDD and AHS-SMC in Alberta. These supports enabled us to continue to care for Hannah in our home.


Hannah Joy entered mortality on September 28, 1998 in Plano, Texas. For her, Heaven was never far away; the veil thin - and on July 18, 2022 in Calgary, AB she slipped back through it to Eternity. She was loaned to us from Heaven, our own angelic tutor, sent to teach us of God’s unconditional love, patience, sacrifice, blessing, joy and peace. Hannah’s pure, powerful, and exuberant spirit brought higher purpose to all who were privileged to serve her and in so doing, be blessed by her. She celebrated every day and brought light, laughter, energy and enthusiasm to everything she did and to all who knew her. 


Hannah's only language was love.  If love could have held her here on earth, she would still be with us, for she was truly so dearly loved by so very many… but God’s Love is Greatest of all, and He has called her Home. Rest in peace, dearest, most precious Hannah. Adieu, to God, until we meet again at Jesus’ feet.


Funeral Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (10923 - 24th SW, Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. with doors opening for viewing at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow. Graveside Service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. A separate viewing will be held on Monday, July 25, 2022 in the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McInnis & Holloway (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB). Family and friends who are unable to attend the Funeral Service in person are invited to join Hannah’s service streamed live (see below) on the day of the service. For those who are unable to view live, a recording of the service will be posted. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.


In loving memory of Hannah Anderson, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


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