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Baxter Springs, Kansas - United Daughters of the Confederacy
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Mrs. Robert T. Hansen (Mary Jeanne)
(December 6, 1922 - June 13, 2017)
Honorary President of General (2008-2017)
Organizing Member 2702
William Harvey Lackey - 4th VA Infantry Co. I

Mary Jeanne Hansen, Honorary President of General, United Daughters of the Confederacy is the unforgettable force in the United Daughters of the Confederacy. To say that she is a lifelong member of UDC, is almost literally true as her mother, Clara Kieger, enrolled her in the Children of the Confederacy within weeks of birth, and she was an active member at death at 97. 

A renaissance woman, she was knowledgeable about the many diverse areas and willing to share with her friends and acquaintances. She was the first UDC member I met when I moved to Norman in 1993. A newspaper notice off a UDC program attracted my attention. I met Mary Jeanne there and she invited me to join Oklahoma City chapter 118l, as there was no UDC Chapter in Norman.

That year was the first of many over the next twenty three years that I rode with her to a UDC General Convention. An excellent driver, as we went, Mary Jeanne recounted stories of past trips with her mother and others to General Convention. She was also driver to Historian Muriel Wright.

A graduate of William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Mary Jeanne returned to visit friend when General was in Richmond. Her degree was in Library Science and her career took to public libraries in West Virginia, and Oklahoma. She went to Japan as a special Services librarian. There she met and married Robert Hansen. He was captured and listed as missing in action. When she returned, she became involved in the Veterans affairs and was elected General Recorder of Crosses (currently: General Recorder of Military Services Awards).

I doubt there is an office in UDC Mary Jeanne did not hold: Three times Oklahoma Division President and Historian General. Her peers on the General Executive Board elected her Honorary President of General.

Next to UDC, I think the Oklahoma Historical Society was next in her esteem. She worked closely with bill Welge and others to develop support for the OHS. 

Mary Jeanne Hansen, Honorary President of General, UDC is a person who will remain high in the annals of UDC for her devotion and commitment as a daughter of the Confederacy. 

Betty Ruth Kemp
2702 Grave Markers – Historical Places Chairman
Chapter Memorial Service, 22 July, 2017

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2015 Reception with FOHSA Honoring Mary Jeanne

Photo Copyright - Lauri Warmack

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Belle Meade Plantation, Tennessee: Mary Jeanne (back), Jean, Barbara, June, and Noma W., 2010 History Tour/Pilgrimage to General.
Copyright 2010: Carrie Cook

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Ladies of the South with the War Between the States Cemetery Marker
Mary Jeanne (in teal) with Janice, 2008 President General and 2702 Honorary Member far right

Copyright 2008: Jean Boahannan

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Mary Jeanne (in teal) from days in the past at General.
Copyright: Betty Kemp

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