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Nova Alice (Robinson) Hanlan

Died: Sun., Feb. 28, 2016


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Mar. 06, 2016


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Missoula - Nova Alice (Robinson) Hanlan, 91, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Missoula. Nova was a loving, caring and compassionate daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Nova was born in Long Beach, California on March 17, 1924 to Roy and Alice Marie (Stockton) Robinson. Nova spent her childhood years in the Huelette, Wyoming area before moving with her family to Garnet, Montana. Her family later moved to Drummond, Montana where she graduated as valedictorian of the Drummond High School Class of 1942. Shortly after graduation she joined the Marine Corps where she was trained as an airplane mechanic and served her tour of duty at the El Toro Airfield in California. Upon her honorable discharge from the military she returned to Montana where she used her GI Bill benefits to enroll in the Billings Montana Normal School where she majored in elementary education. After earning her degree and teacher certification, she taught in Western Montana for 25 years including; Hall, St. Ignatius, Marysville, Polson, and Lone Rock School near Stevensville. While teaching at Lone Rock School, this young, single good “lookin” school “marm” met a handsome rancher named Floyd Hanlan. They courted, fell in love and were married in June of 1955. They owned and operated a dairy farm in the Three Mile/ Lone Rock area for many years. That farm was located at the end of “Hanlan Lane”. Floyd passed away in 2003 after 48½ years of marriage. Due to health concerns Nova then moved to Missoula to be closer to the family and resided there until her passing. Nova will be remembered by her family and friends for her nurturing care. She had an important role within her family since she was the oldest girl in a family of seven. She was our “go to“ sister and aunt. Always helping whoever she could. She loved to garden and would give away most of what she raised and canning some for she and Floyd. No one left her home feeling hungry and usually had to take a “goodie basket” with some food home with them. Her sugar cookies, pies and caramel candies were highly prized by family and friends. Nova was an active member of the Lone Rock School community and served on the committee for planning the Lone Rock 100 year celebration. She belonged to the American Legion Post #94 and the VFW #1507, both of Stevensville. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Missoula. Nova was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Floyd, two brothers, LeRoy and Lester Robinson, one sister, Wilda Culp and an infant sister Betty; brother in law Whitey Culp and nephew David Robinson. Nova is survived by her brother Loy Robinson (Margie) of Kalispell MT., her sister Lois Mix (Norm)of Kennewick, WA, and Sherron “Sherry” Lunders (Kent) of Coeur d’Alene, ID; sisters-in-Law; Joan, Elsie and Carolyn Robinson. Nova is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces those include Sandi Robinson, Lori Dehart and Robert Culp, who were dedicated and loving caregivers until the very end of her life. Nova’s funeral service will be held at the Whitesitt Funeral Home, 314 Church St., Stevensville on Sunday March 6, 2016 at 2:00p.m. Burial will follow at the Sunnyside Cemetery with full military honors. Nova was a proud member of the “Greatest Generation” and was so proud of both she and Floyd’s military service. The family suggests donations in Nova’s name be made to the American Legion, VFW or Pantry Partners all of Stevensville or to a charity of your choosing.

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Lynette Wilmott-Aguilar
   Posted Sat March 05, 2016
To Nova's family-
We would like to express our sympathies & prayers to all of you and to let you know we are deeply saddened by Nova's passing. My parents, Gary & Linda Wilmott along with myself, sister Lori and brother Darrell all knew Nova and Floyd. We used to get milk from them and Nova taught me how me how to churn butter when I was in the 3rd grade. Nova gave my parents some of her peonies that flourished at their home in Stevensville and gave me some when I moved to Billings. I'm happy to say that I have 15 peony plants from Nova's garden and every summer when they are in bloom, I think of her. My parents were able to see Nova in Missoula last year and had a wonderful visit with her. She will be missed. Sincerely,
Lynette Wilmott-Aguilar

Lori (Wilmott) Jordal
   Posted Sun March 06, 2016
I was so sad to learn of the passing of Nova. Growing up near the Lone Rock School, I have many fond memories of helping Floyd & Nova change pipes, looking for barn kitties, and walking up Hanlan Lane to get the freshest milk in glass gallon jars. And yes, we sure did look forward to Nova's caramels. After my brother passed, Nova would bring a basket of Bleeding Heart Flowers. Every year.
One of the most thoughtful kind-hearted people you could ever meet.
Nova you will be missed, but I know you were greeted warmly in heaven by so many loved ones.
Our Condolences, Lori (Wilmott), Steve & Erika Jordal

Gary & Linda Wilmott
   Posted Sun March 13, 2016
We are saddened with Novas' passing. We are very glad we got to visit with her on our trip. Nova was Nova, always with positive thoughts and cheery sayings! She was always patient with us,. We used to have supper with them , and they would come over to our place for supper! What a treat and what fun with their humor !! WE apologize for not being able to attend her service. We have known Nova and Floyd for over thirty years and they were like family to us. We miss them both very much!! Gary and Linda Wilmott

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