Mary Frances Hansen
Ms. Texas Senior America 1997
Mary Frances has been given a heart for helping others and a gift for bringing comfort to those in need. She has her degree in nursing and worked as an ICU nurse for many years and served as a nurse with a team of doctors as they wandered deep into the jungles of the Amazon in 1993 on a medical missionary trip.
Former Volunteer for Heritage Village Nursing Home for 8 years and was given the title of “The Sunshine Lady.” She accumulated over 10,000 hours and received the “Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award 1990” – State of Texas Long Term Health Care.
Former Volunteer for 15 years for the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and accumulated more than 25,000 hours. Served four terms as Board Member, Former Chairperson for Memory Walk for three years and served in various other capacities for the organization. First Recipient of the Alzheimer’s “Volunteer of the Year 1992 Award.” 1995 Rosalynn Carter Caregiving Award Nominee.
In 1998 Sigma Kappa Sorority honored Mary Frances when they initiated her into their society of women who have excelled in their fields and made the world a better place in humanitarian terms.
Currently serving on the board of Friends of Senior Affairs. Formerly served as Vice-Chair for the Senior Affairs Commission-City of Dallas for 8 years, Chairperson for MayFair for 3 years (Celebration for Older American’s Month-City of Dallas). Former Advisory Board Member for New Generations Newspaper, Former Board Member for NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness), Former Advisory Board Member for Richland College Emeritus Program
Former board member of the Dallas Area Agency on Aging, Former Vice- President of Network of Career Women and Chairperson for their annual fundraiser in 2000. Former Advisory Board Member-Dallas Life Underwriters Association, Former Advisory board Member – Retired Senior Citizens Volunteer Program, Former Volunteer for the Dallas Museum of Art.
Former “Ms. Texas Senior America 1997,” Ms. Congeniality Award and Community Service Award 1997, 2002 “National Winner of Beauties of America 60’s”, 2002 Beauties of America-Achievement Award.
Worked part time for Princes Cruises for 7 ½ years as Social Director and has traveled the world. She has been to 130 countries and seven continents. Co-Author of “Cruise Ship Passengers Asked the Wackiest Questions.”
Former Director for the Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant and also serves serves on the board for NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) and works with the Dallas Police Department with their CIT training for the police
Mary Frances is a professional speaker who speaks on The Positive Side of Aging and the Neuropsychology of Staying Young. She also writes articles for Celebration Magazine.