Maureen led an amazing life that was filled with adventure, love, and a belief in putting others first. Maureen was born in Glasgow, Scotland to parents Molly and Charles Coutts. At the age of 4, and amid an ever-increasing risk in Scotland due to World War 2 bombings, the incredibly difficult decision was made to send her to the United States to best protect her until the war subsided. Unknowingly, it would be the last time she would be with her parents, as they soon fell victim to bombings during the Glasgow Blitzkrieg just months after her departure to the U.S.
On August 31st, 1940, Maureen set sail from Glasgow aboard the Cameronia with hundreds of other immigrants to Ellis Island to begin her amazing life adventure in America. Awaiting her there was W.K. Kellogg, with whom Maureen’s aunt and uncle both worked for in California. As soon they were able, her Aunt Betty and husband Peter Turnbull would adopt Maureen. Until then, W.K. took Maureen in, having her live first at his estate in Battle Creek, Michigan, eventually bringing her to his ranch in Pomona, California. There, Maureen lived for several years where she once sat with President Hoover, and met actors/actresses such as Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, Clara Bow, culminating in a guest appearance on Bob Hope’s radio show who had become smitten with her charming Scottish accent.
In 1960, she married Ralph Hanning and began a partnership and commitment that lasted until Ralph’s passing in 2006. Along the way, they raised 3 children and founded Hanning Realtors, which operated in Hendersonville during the 80’s and 90’s. Upon retirement, she focused her time and energy on the things she loved most, including her grandchildren, cooking, and gardening. Anyone that had the pleasure of breaking bread at her table soon discovered her masterful culinary talents and knack for entertaining.
Maureen was optimistic, generous, and possessed a warm demeanor that endeared her to anyone she met. She was fiercely loyal to those she loved, and a constant encourager when you needed a lift or support in any way. She will be deeply missed.
Preceded in death by parents, Charles and Molly Coutts; and husband, Ralph Hanning. Maureen is survived by her children, Suzanne (David) Dickson, Scott (Lori) Hanning, John (Lisa) Hanning; grandchildren, Matt (Katie) Hanning, Michael (Lauren) Bush, Jason Hanning, Jordan (Charles) Wheeler, Andrew Dickson, Jack Hanning, Grant Hanning; great grandchildren, McKenzie, Greyson, and Max.
A Celebration of Life visitation will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church on Saturday August 12th from 2-4 p.m. in Bevington Social Hall on the ground floor.
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