Personal Life
Hannah led a full life. Though she never married, Hannah's friend Elmire Langlois Conklin described her as, "Mother, sister, aunt and cousin to the world." Hannah often rented space to students and visitors to the Hanover area. Often, these younger people would become lifelong friends, with Hannah taking on a vital role in their life. She helped one young couple through the birth of their first child; in return, they helped her through a hip replacement surgery. It was not that Hannah indebted people to her. She genuinely cared and the people whose lives she touched and was rewarded with love and affection.

Hannah gardening Never one to shirk her duty, during World War II Hannah volunteered for the Hanover Fire Department, becoming the first woman volunteer ever. As the smallest and the lightest, she was often the first one up the ladder to fight the fire. When she moved to Norwich, Vermont in 1963, she retired from the force. The department later honored her with a life membership with voting rights. Ironically, though tragically, her volunteer hours did not help her fight a fire that destroyed her own house in 1989. Aside from volunteering at the fire department, Hannah kept busy outside of her research, tending an organic garden, doing carpentry, writing poetry, using her mechanical skills to make her own equipment, and being a friend to many. In later life, a friend gave Hannah a puppy, Maggie, that inspired her to write a children's book about his adventures. Whatever she wanted to do, if Hannah set her mind to it, she would do. Nothing could stop her, neither gender nor age.

Towards the end of her life, Hannah began spending her winters in Santa Rosa Florida, and her summers in Norwich. In 1994, she moved to Florida full time. In 1999, at the age of 93, Hannah died at her home in Florida.


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