Tubman Funeral Home


Ellen Hanson

May 22, 1932July 17, 2021

It is with great love and sadness that the “Three MJ’s”, Michael, Michelle and Matthew announce the passing of their mother, Ellen Ruth Hanson.

Ellen was known for her hospitality and humour, welcoming and appreciative nature, the raucous card games, her amazing chocolate cake, and many other fine attributes. Whoever met Ellen was drawn to her sparkling personality and easygoing charm. For that and so much more, she will be missed.

Ellen's parents, Robert and Ola, lovingly raised her in Sintaluta, Saskatchewan “where all the best people come from,” along with her sister Fran and her three brothers Raymond, Robbie and Jimmy.

As a young woman, she moved to Regina where she worked for Kraft Foods (explains all the Cheez Whiz). It was in Regina that Ellen met the love of her life, Oscar. He was the perfect match for her, and they shared many wonderful experiences. Oscar passed away almost 30 years ago, and not a day went by that she didn’t miss Oscar and yearn to have him by her side.

Ellen and Oscar chose to raise their children in the beautiful community of Lumsden. Oscar designed their house, but Ellen made it the most comfortable and loving home. It was her pride and joy! Their house in Lumsden and the cottage at Kenosee were meeting places where everyone felt welcome: friends, family, neighbours and children of all ages. The more the merrier!

Ellen loved to travel, visiting New York, Norway, Ireland, Morocco, and South Korea. She was especially fond of the trip with the extended family to Disney World and any opportunity to spend time with her grandchildren. As with most things, Ellen's focus was more on the people she spent time with and how she was forever enriched by their shared experiences.

Ellen mourned the passing of many loved ones over the years, especially her husband Oscar, but also her parents Bob and Ola and her siblings, Raymond, Robbie and his wife Shirley, as well as Fran’s husband Mel. Left to mourn are her children Michael (with Jill, Brynioch and Finnlee), Michelle (with Don and Anders), and Matthew (with Sara, Emily and Luke); her siblings: Raymond’s family (Eve, Shauna and Tim), Robbie and Shirley’s family (Wendy, Lori and Brad), Fran (with Tricia, Laura, and Jim), and her little brother Jim (with Gail, Patrick, Jimmy, and Susan) together with their extended families. She will forever be in our hearts.

After almost fifty years in Lumsden, Ellen found it very hard to leave her home. She eventually made the wise decision to move to Marion in Regina where she made many new friends, re-connected with old friends and was within walking distance of her sister Fran.

Eventually needing more support, she transitioned to Wintergreene, where she appreciated the sense of community and the enhanced opportunity to socialize with friends, both old and new. Regardless of the difficulties imposed over the last couple of years, Ellen made the best of the circumstances. Her children found ways to connect and spend time with her at every opportunity. Even as her health declined, her smile lit up the room when she received visitors.

She passed away peacefully on July 17, 2021 in Wintergreene. Friends and family were invited to join the service for Ellen in All Saints Immanuel Anglican Church, 142 Massey Road in Regina, Saskatchewan on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with the Venerable Cheryl Toth officiating. Seating was limited for the service. A reception followed in the church yard. A private family interment took place in the Lumsden Cemetery. Ellen was a generous donor to many charities. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be wonderful.



  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 23, 2021

  • Reception

    Friday, July 23, 2021


  • Private family interment


Ellen Hanson

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Joyce Klein

July 26, 2021

Deepest condolences on the loss of your mother

Rene George

July 24, 2021

To Ellen’s Family who I met a few days before she left Marian Grande, I send my sincere condolences. It was a pleasure to meet Ellen and have her join the Marian Grande family. We enjoyed many nice times together. Keep your memories close. Rene George

Tammy Gunn

July 23, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this news. Aunt Ellen was an amazing lady who will be greatly missed by so many. May beautiful memories of her provide you with peace during this difficult time.
All my love & condolences, Tammy Gunn

Phil and Louise Holloway

July 22, 2021

Ellen was a social lady. She had a great sense of humour and a love of adventure. She was a faithful member of All Saints Anglican Church in Lumsden for the many years that she lived in the community.
One Sunday we took her to a worship service at Saint Nicholas church in the Qu'Appelle valley. On the way back to Lumsden, beside a potato field, she spotted some potatoes that had spilled the from a truck. She and Louise thought they should stop, pick them up and take them home for supper... and they did. Years later she still reminded us, with a chuckle, about the potato pick up.

Ron Blenkin

July 21, 2021

Condolences to Ellen's family on behalf of Marilynn and me.
I have many fond memories of Ellen as a second sister when she boarded at our parents home when she first moved to Regina. Later in life we had the pleasure to be entertained at the cottage and memories of a fun evening with Ellen and Oscar in our home in Saskatoon.

Rest in peace cousin

Jada Aidun

July 21, 2021

Memories of Ellen are her sense of humor and always welcoming everyone into the cottage at the lake or her home in Lumsden. When you went over she was always up for as many visitors as could he,
She was the very best . Being around her was like a sweet warm hug.
You never left without love and laughter in her presence
My heart aches , as she will be missed dearly by many.
Sending our love to Michelle, Micheal and Matt and their families.

Clara Anderson

July 21, 2021

Having not seen Ellen for over thirty years, my memories bring to mind a joyous, laughing, fun gal who would walk through the door and stay for a was always a great time! We need more people like Ellen..she was upbeat and loved a laugh!

Rest in piece, Ellen.


Elaine/Gerry Duncan

July 21, 2021

Too many wonderful memories to count. Loved when the phone rang to come for coffee and cake. Ellen even had a “special” way to cut the cake. So privileged to have known Ellen and Oc.

Blaine Dodds

July 21, 2021

To the family. My Late Mom and I loved Ellen so very much and I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathies to you all. Hugs.

Sandra Currie

July 20, 2021

As a travel buddy of Ellen’s, several places can be added to the ones already mentioned. There was The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Hong Kong, Macau, Spain, Portugal as well as golfing trips to Elkridge & Kelowna that I had the pleasure of sharing with Ellen. Times spent at Kenosee at the cabin with Ellen were special times, full of laughter, memories and amongst her many friends . She was a very special lady. She enriched anyone’s life who had the good fortune to be part of her life. She will truly be missed.