Maia Hansen died on July 21, 2001 after a two and a half year struggle with uterine sarcoma. After receiving her diagnosis, Maia and her husband, Clark Youmans, orchestrated their Orcas Island (WA) wedding, honeymooned in Peru and Bolivia, and traveled with family to Tahiti, Palau and Australia. Maia edited two novels by Jeff Greenwald and various Lonely Planet travel guides. During her illness, she maintained a full life, singing in a choir, playing soccer, leading yoga classes, scuba diving, instigating games and gatherings, and concocting delicious jams with her husband. Two weeks before her final hospital stay, Maia participated in a work weekend at Camp Norwester on John’s Island (WA). Maia’s heartbreakingly short life was characterized by this embracing of every moment.
Maia was born January 12, 1966 in Berkeley, CA. She leaves behind her husband Clark, mother Jennifer Hopkins, father, Jorgen Hansen, brothers, Thayer, Soren, Leif, and James, sister Jennifer, and beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws and a multitude of friends who have been touched and inspired by her vibrancy, courage and determination. As one friend wrote, “Maia was like sunshine.”
Donations in Maia’s name may be sent to: Orcas Island Pottery, U.C. Berkeley’s School of Journalism, Dartmouth College Tucker Foundation or any organization which reminds you of Maia’s effervescence.