Mom is gone. After battling seemingly endless physical hardships for most of her 92 years, Marvel Andrews of Gresham slipped away peacefully on February 24, 2017. There will be no service.
Marvel Alice Hanson was born January 14, 1925 in Mankato, Minnesota and was the oldest of five siblings. Growing up in Minnesota with a large family during the Depression, she learned how to squeeze a penny, a quality that served her well all her life.
In 1944 she began corresponding with Floyd (Andy) Andrews, a Marine serving in the South Pacific during World War II. When he came home on leave, they married on March 26, 1945, shortly after which he left for Okinawa to prepare for the invasion of mainland Japan that luckily never occurred. After the war ended, Andy and Marvel settled in Los Angeles and, being good Catholics, started producing children.
In 1954, Marvel contracted polio. Although she successfully completed months of rehabilitation, the effects would follow her for the rest of her life, especially later when she suffered from post-polio syndrome. Despite the polio, serious allergies, and other ailments, Marvel met all of her problems with a resolute attitude and never allowed them to define her.
In 1959, with five children and counting, Andy and Marvel moved to Pleasant Valley where they topped off with two more children. All the kids attended Centennial High School. In 1981, after she had finished raising seven children (and Andy), she enrolled at Mt. Hood Community College and by 1984 had earned two business degrees.
Her family lives on: Andy, her husband of 71 years; brother Robert; all seven children (Bob, Rick, Jim, Jean, Mike, Jack, and Kathy) and a bunch of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Mt. Hood Hospice in Sandy, OR.