Carrie L. Hannigan

Carrie L. Hannigan, 94, passed away on March 24 at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center, Pagosa Springs. Mrs. Hannigan was born on May 13, 1922, in Harleton, Texas, to Eugene and Fannie McBride. Mrs. Hannigan was a graduate of Marshall Senior High School, in Marshall, Texas.

She volunteered to serve at the outbreak of World War II and entered the Women’s Army Air Corps, where she was stationed in San Diego, Calif., and later in Tonopah, Nev. Her assignment involved administrative support of the mission.

While in San Diego, she met Joseph C. Hannigan, from Grand Junction, Colo., who was a corporal assigned to the 14th Fighter Control Squadron. As the war wound down, they were married in June 1944. They had three children, Joseph Hannigan Jr., Kathryn (Hannigan) Salinger and Mick Hannigan.

Following her discharge after World War II, the couple settled in Grand Junction, Colo., eventually moving to Bishop, Calif., until Mr. Hannigan retired from the Union Carbide Corporation.

Her interests were many, in addition to her cherished role as mother to her children, including art and music. She was an accomplished artist and painter. Her artwork hangs in homes from Alaska to Connecticut. She loved music and gave piano lessons, specializing in children’s music lessons.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Joseph C. Hannigan Sr., a former resident of Pine Ridge Extended Care Center in Pagosa Springs, and is survived by her three children: Joseph Hannigan Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Pagosa Springs; Mick Hannigan and his wife, Suzanne, of Pasco, Wash.; and daughter Kathryn (Hannigan) Salinger, of Rosamond, Calif.; six grandchildren: Michael Hannigan and his wife, Stacey, of Spokane, Wash.; Marissa (Hannigan) Chiarella and her husband, Brian, of Colchester, Conn.; Andy Skaggs and his wife, Teri, of Kirkland, Wash.; Thomas Skaggs and his wife, Edna, of El Paso, Texas; Tracie Hannigan, of Pasco, Wash.; and Kevin Hannigan, of Everett, Wash.; five great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends everywhere.

Mrs. Hannigan will be deeply missed as a loving wife, mother and friend. Cremation arrangements were made by Hood Mortuary, Pagosa Springs. She will be interred next to her husband at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Grand Junction, Colo. There will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the Pagosa Springs Senior Center or remember Carrie by simply taking a moment to say “hello” to someone who is somehow confined by health or circumstance.

This story was posted on March 30, 2017.