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Gudny Hansen Rivers

December 28, 1926 ~ January 3, 2018 (age 91)

Gudny Hansen Rivers

Shelburne - Our beloved Gudny was born on December 28, 1926 in Denmark. She drew her last breath on January 3, 2018, at peace and surrounded by those dearest to her.

She attended the University of Copenhagen, where she studied law. She emigrated to the United States with her husband and three children at age 42 and settled in South Burlington. She ran a piano business with her first husband and son for many years, succeeding in what was really a man's world.

What a truly special woman she was. She was best known for her handwork, especially quilts. But she also knit and later in life made gorgeous wool applique pieces.

She gave of herself unceasingly- not only volunteering her time at her local Florida hospital, but helping to sew countless pillows for cancer patients here in Vermont as well as creating many beautiful raffle quilts. She served on various boards, most recently at her home, the Terraces in Shelburne.

Being the head of her family was key to her happiness. She suffered many losses, which made her love for the rest of us even more intense. In 1973 she lost her first husband Jon Hansen, father to her three children. Her eldest daughter Lene died in Denmark in 1992. She lost her second husband Dick Rivers in 2012. Her only son Ole died in 2014, and her eldest grandson Michael in 2015.

She is survived by her daughter Annette Hansen and her husband Bob Smith; daughter-in-law Ann Hansen; grand-daughter Bridget Companion and her husband Adam and daughter Kaia. Great grandsons Ryan and Joshua Hansen. Step-son Richard Rivers II and his wife Deena DeMartino. She also leaves family in Denmark, including Lene's children and grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of Gudny's life on January 27, 2018 at 1 PM at Ascension Lutheran Church, 95 Allen Road, So. Burlington, VT.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to COTS, P.O. Box 1616, Burlington, VT 05402 or the Vermont Foodbank, 33 Parker Road, Wilson Industrial Park, Barre, VT 05641.

 Service Information

Celebration of life
January 27, 2018

1:00 PM
Ascension Lutheran Church
95 Allen Road, So. Burlington, VT.
Burlington, VT 05401

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