Our family lost our matriarch when Jeanne Hansen, also known as Grandma by so many, passed peacefully in her home on Bare Mountain Ranch Thursday, October 21, reuniting with her sweetheart Chris Hansen.
Jeanne was born in Ione, Washington on March 10, 1930, to Skip and Alcie Sage. She was a beautiful little girl with dark hair and dark eyes. She spent her school days in Creston, Washington where she was a majorette and enjoyed swimming across the Columbia River. She was beautiful, athletic, and strong. Beverly’s beauty caught the eye of Christen Hansen in Spokane Washington, and they were married on December 29, 1951. Beverly and Chris had 4 sons, 55 grandchildren and great grandchildren, 26 foster children and too many friends to count.
Beverly was a pillar of her family, church, and community. She spent her life in hard work and service. She spent many of her years working side by side with her husband and sons on her beloved Bare Mountain Ranch. She served in numerous positions in the church, the Camden Grange and cooked and delivered countless meals to every neighbor, friend and community member who struggled. She was ever willing to house and care for homeless folks needing food and shelter that grandpa brought home.
In her later years, she was known far and wide for making blankets and giving them away to people she knew and loved and many she had just met. Grandma was a friend and “Grandma” to everyone who knew her. She was strong and good and everything that we want to be.
Grandma loved to sing. She loved to serve her family. She loved to serve her friends and neighbors. She loved to serve even a mere acquaintance. She loved to care for her roses and beautify her yard. She had a will of iron and hands just as strong, but her heart was pure gold. Thank you for your life Grandma. Thank you for your faith and devotion. Thank you for your pioneer spirit and work ethic. Thank you for creating a foundation that we all continue to build on.
The world is going to keep spinning but for those who knew and loved her, it has stopped for a bit, as we tenderly remember and miss her precious smile and song.
Funeral Services Friday, October 29 at 1 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Newport Highway next to Riverside High School.
Sherman-Campbell Funeral & Cremation Services in Priest River is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at shermancampbell.com.