Virginia “Nell” Hanson

Published 4:45 pm Monday, March 16, 2020

Virginia “Nell” Hanson, 92, of Elizabethton, having completed her earthly mission, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Wexford House in Kingsport, Tenn., on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Virginia “Nell” lived most of her life in Carter County, Tenn. She was a long-time member of Stoney Creek Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Church. For the past year, she had resided with her daughter and son-in-law (Kathy and Sid Vicars) in Kingsport, Tenn. She was born in Carter County on July 2, 1927 to the late David Willis Lewis and Rettie Campbell Lewis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Melvin Markland Jr.; her second husband, F.D. Hanson; a son, Robert “Bob” Markland; her faithful feline companion, Toby; and several brothers and sisters as well as many other dear family members.
Early in her life, Nell was a substitute teacher and cafeteria worker for the Carter County School System in the Unaka Community. She then worked for Tri-State Container while also maintaining her home and raising her children. Nell loved to read. She read many things; her Bible, magazines, books and cookbooks. Reading cookbooks facilitated her love of cooking. She loved anything to do with homemaking. She also loved her plants and flowers.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Kathy Vicars (Sid), Kingsport, Tenn.; a son, Roger Markland (Sheila Jo), Yakima, Wash.; a daughter-in-law, Darcy Markland; and her number one grandson, Bobby Markland (Jessica), Sacramento, Calif. She is also survived by several nieces and their children.
A celebration graveside service for Mrs. Virginia Nell Hanson will be conducted at 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Pastor Ron Owen officiating. Those attending are asked to be there at 11:45 a.m. Mother’s smile, pretty blue eyes and her pleasant demeanor were readily recognized by her caregivers, who affectionately knew her by her special signal to get their attention by softly saying, “Yoo-Whoo”! The family would like to especially thank all of Nell’s dear, special friends who visited her and took care of her in her time of need. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website,
Mrs. Hanson and her family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office: (423) 542-2232. Service Information Line: (423) 543-4917.

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