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Marie Hanken

January 15, 1945 — November 22, 2015

Marie Anne McLaughlin Hanken, 70, Bismarck, died November 22, 2015, at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 pm on Friday, December 11, 2015, at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck, ND, with Msgr. Thomas Richter as celebrant. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be at McLaughlin City Cemetery in McLaughlin, SD, at a later date.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Marie was born to Wallace and Dorothy (Chosa) McLaughlin on January 15, 1945, in Warm Springs, Oregon. She graduated from Annunciation Priory High School in Bismarck in 1963. In 1965, she was named Miss Standing Rock. Marie received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University Of North Dakota in 1967, and her Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1971. She married Garrett L. Hanken on August 11, 1973, in San Rafael, California. Marie received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Stanford Law School in 1974. She was a member of the State Bar of California, as well as a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Ever-focused on making lives better, especially for children, she worked as a Social Services Director for Standing Rock Head start during her early career. Later, she worked as a Child Development and Personal Development Director at Bendix-United Tribes Employment Training Center in Bismarck, and spent her free time volunteering at North Dakota State Penitentiary. After graduating from law school, she worked for 12 ½ years as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles, California, primarily handling child support cases and working with the Bureau of Family Support Operations.

Later in life, she worked as a defense attorney for Standing Rock Tribal Court, handling juvenile court cases and other criminal court matters. She worked, via special assignment, alongside Judge Michael T. Swallow, to obtain SORNA implementation approval for the tribe. Marie also created and was the director/supervising attorney of the Standing Rock Child Support Enforcement program. She returned to her work as a Public Defender in the final years of her life.

Marie enjoyed gardening and expressed her love of nature wherever she went. During her time raising her children in Ridgefield, Washington, she kept a large garden and beautifully landscaped property. She grew fruit trees, berries, grapes, kept a greenhouse, cultivated a wide variety of flowers, and grew a pumpkin patch annually for the children in the local school system. Marie was also fond of photography and was an avid reader.

Marie is survived by her children, Marla Hanken (Liam Christopher), San Francisco, CA, Lisa Hanken, Lake View, OR, and Brendan Hanken, Bismarck, ND; and two brothers, Robert W. McLaughlin, Solen, ND, and Richard L. McLaughlin, Mandan, ND.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Jean McLaughlin, Julie Le, and Anne Kuyper.

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