Verda R. Hansberry was born on August 19, 1919, to Lavina and Fidele Guenzi on a farm in Logan County, Colorado. She died on February 5, 2017, in Seattle, Washington.
In between those dates, she graduated from high school at the age of 15 and earned her library certificate by the age of 20. She worked for the Denver Public Library and went on to be the Basin County Librarian in Wyoming.
She married Orvus L. Hansberry on August 22, 1944, in Sterling, Colorado, and moved to various Army airfields for the rest of World War II. After her husband’s discharge, she moved with him to Seattle, Washington, his birth place. She worked for a short time for the King County Library System, but stopped working when her first child was due. She returned to the library world in 1956, joining Seattle Public Library for the remainder of her career.