Patricia H. Hansen, who split her time between Wainscott and Vero Beach, Fla., died on Saturday at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice House in Vero Beach. She was 74 and had been ill with liver bile duct cancer for almost two years. In June she celebrated 50 years of marriage to David Hansen, with whom she had raised three children.
Other than her family, her lifelong passion was real estate — she invested in, designed, and modified houses. She “loved every minute of it,” said Nancy McCaffrey, her sister-in-law, who called her a “truly remarkable woman” who would have been a great interior designer.
Born on May 13, 1938, in Jamaica, Queens, to James Gerald Healy and Mary Elizabeth Mulhern, she grew up near Poughkeepsie, N.Y. After she married Mr. Hansen, the couple lived in California and Florida, and even for a few years in Ireland, where her husband owned a computer plant. Ms. Hansen was proud of her Irish heritage — her parents were born there — and she enjoyed visiting that country with her husband. The couple vacationed throughout Europe as well.
“Her infectious laugh, vibrant personality, and positive outlook on life endeared her to anyone fortunate enough to know her,” Ms. McCaffrey said. “The world was a better place with her in it.”
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, James Hansen and Douglas Hansen, both of California, and Michael Hansen of New York City.
A funeral will take place at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton at a later date. Ms. Hansen will be buried in a family plot in Bridgehampton.
Memorial donations have been suggested to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123, or the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (for bile duct cancer research) at 5526 West 13400 South, Suite 510, Salt Lake City, Utah 84096.