Joyce Katherine Hanson was born September 4, 1925 at Plankinton, SD to Joseph and Katherine (Wengler) Bauer. She grew up at Plankinton and graduated from high school there. On May 1, 1962 she married Rew Van Hanson at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. To this union was born 3 sons. Joyce was employed by various Abstract Companies and with the Registrar of Deeds offices in Plankinton, Mitchell and Pierre. In later years worked with the Crisis Center in Pierre where she continued her lifelong quest of helping people. She had been a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre and Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell.
Grateful for having shared her life are her three sons: Terry (Tammy) Hanson of Mitchell, Todd (Twyla) Hanson of Pierre and Troy Hanson of Sioux Falls, 2 granddaughters: Lindi (Nelson) Rauscher and Larissa Hanson, 4 Grandsons: Shawn Nelson, Tanner Kromerek, Tyree Millin, and Isaac Hanson, two great grandsons: Parker and Kade Rauscher, one great granddaughter: Kennedy Kromerek, Sister-in Law: Nancy Bauer, Nieces: Judy (Budde) Brisbine, Cindy (Bauer) Pfluger, Cathy (Bauer) Maley, Linda (Bauer) Grimm, Tamala Bauer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rew, sister, Marie Budde, brother, Eddie Bauer and niece, Kay Olinger.