Alberta Hannaford

Date of Birth March 3, 1911
Date of Death January 29, 2010[img_assist|nid=126|title=|desc=|link=url|align=right|width=125|height=200]

Alberta Hannaford, fifth child of the "lucky 13" of Robert Guthrie Hannaford and Emma Bell Meritt Hannaford was born March 3, 1911 in Medford, Ok. and passed away at Slate Creek Nursing Home in Wellington, Ks. January 29, 2010 at the age of 98 years, 10 months and 26 days; being cared for by that staff and Hospice Care of Kansas in Wellington.

After three years at school district #43, Alberta attended school in Medford. She was greeted by seven friends who had been in her Sunday school class at the Congregational Church. She graduated from Medford High School with the class of 1929 and kept her membership in the Medford Alumni Association. She has had the children and grandchilren of her sister, Verta Kilian attend the Medford school. Her sister; Alice Bryson's great-grandchildren, Cody, Jennifer and Garrett Misak have also added to that heritage.

After graduation, Alberta worked a few months as a clerk and cashier at J. W. Armstrong's store in Medford. In 1930 she moved to Oklahoma City to live with her sister Alice and husband Sibley Bryson and started working at the first Montgomery Ward Department Store downtown. She started as a sales clerk and later as a manager of the cosmetic and lingerie departments. In 1939 she was transferred to the accounts payable office where she was manager for 25 years. She retired from the Penn Square store in April 1976 after celebrating her 45th anniversary with the company and being honored with a celebration breakfast and gifts.

She bought a home in Caldwell, Ks. which had beautiful flowers, bushes and trees that had been planted by earlier owners. She loved that because she used to take plants to put out at her parents' home in Medford as she lived in an apartment and had no yard. She had a real green thumb. She also had a creative ability which allowed her to make her own patterns, sew costumes for family and alter clothes for herself and others.

Although Alberta never married or had children of her own, in her words, "my family is my life". She was a very spiritual lady and was a member of the Oklahoma City First Christian Church.

When she had to give up her home and move to the Goodrick Home, she appreciated the Christian attitude of Charles and Verla Goodrick Crow. She especially was pleased by the visits of the Christian and Methodist pastors. She was also grateful for the communion brought to her on Sunday mornings by the Central Christian Church and such thoughtful things as bringing their whole group of Christmas carolers to Marilyn's house during a family meal which included her. While she was at the Goodrick Home she made a very good friend, Blanche Barnard, and was saddened when Blanche passed away.

Alberta was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and their wives, Gene, Vernon, Clifford and Wayne; sisters and their husbands Verta Kilian, Alice Bryson, Maxine Riley, Gertrude Ingram, Lucille Nettie and brother-in-law, Hal Merkel. She was also preceded in death by nieces, Ruth Kilian Graham and Marjorie Hannaford Brakhage; nephews Roger Hannaford, Allen Hannaford, John Kilian, Joe Kilian, Gene Kilian and Jerry Kilian.

She is survived by two sisters, Helen Merkel of Oceanside, California and Pat Thorpe and her husband Chuck of Bellingham, Washington and one brother Bruce Hannaford and his wife Jo of Oak Ridge,Tennessee. She is also survived by nephews Jim Kilian, Jim Hannaford, Steve Hannaford, Bob Hannaford, Larry Hudack and Jack Hudack; nieces Marilyn Bryson Misak, Cherlyn Hannaford Jones, Sharon Riley Miller, Barbara Thorpe Volkov, Nita Thorpe Clemmer, Pam Hannaford Billings, and Leslie Hannaford Ball.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2010 at the Schaeffer Mortuary Chapel, Caldwell.

Inurnment will be in the Rosemound Cemetery, Medford, Oklahoma.

Memorials may be given in Alberta's name to the Central Christian Church or to the United Methodist Church both in Caldwell.