Lillian Hanson Princehouse

September 25, 1917 - October 9, 2011

Lillian Hanson Princehouse passed away Oct. 9, 2011, at Providence Brookside Manor of Hood River, Ore., with family by her side. Lillian was born Sept. 25, 1917, and was 94 years of age at the time of her death.

Lillian was born in Seattle, Wash., to G.C. and Elizabeth (Gibson) Hanson. She grew up in Seattle, graduating from West Seattle High School.

She married Franklin Princehouse on April 11, 1935. The young couple lived briefly in Portland and Salem. They returned to West Seattle where Franklin worked as an electrician in the shipyards during World War II.

They were blessed with three children, Douglas, David and Robert. While raising her boys, Lillian was active in Cub Scouts and the PTA. They moved the family to the University District of Seattle in 1953, and began a lifelong relationship with University of Washington, when Franklin became Captain of a series of larger and larger Oceanography Department research vessels.

The family enjoyed fishing and car camping in the Pacific Northwest.

When the youngest boy started high school, Lillian returned to work as a secretary, where she was able to take dictation in shorthand. She was proud when she rose to administrative secretary to senior executives at the University of Washington, and when each child graduated from the University of Washington.

Her husband became disabled and retired from the UW in 1966. Lillian worked full-time and cared for him until his death ended her one and only marriage in 1970. She retired in 1982 just before word processors invaded the ivory tower.

Lillian lived in and maintained the same home from 1953 until 2007, when she moved to Hood River, Ore., to be closer to family. She was a beloved resident of Hawks Ridge Assisted Living, dancing to the music with her walker, always dressed in a matching outfit.

Lillian never drove a car. She was an avid walker and traveled all over greater Seattle on the bus. She loved cats, Shakespeare and loved to garden and read books from the Seattle Public Library. She was an ardent life-long Democrat, passing that trait to at least one of her children.

Lillian is survived by her children, Douglas Princehouse and his wife, Jill, of Oceanside, Ore., David Princehouse and his wife, Susan, of Mosier, Ore., and Robert Princehouse and his wife, Judy, of Goldendale, Wash.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister, Dorothy Cramer, and brother, Fred Hanson.

Graveside services are planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Lake View Cemetery, 1554 15th Ave. E., Seattle, Wash. Family friend Pastor Joan Dennehy will officiate.

The family suggests memorials to Heart of Hospice of Hood River, Ore.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit to leave a note of condolence for family.


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