Louise Beth Dean Hansen passed away unexpectedly on July 9, 2012, within two weeks of her 70th birthday. Louise was the third of four children born to Warren Heber and Beth Cardon Dean in Beaver, Utah on July 21, 1942. Louise was born at home with Dr. McQuarrie in attendance in the new house her daddy had just built. Louise had red, curly hair and big blue eyes like her redheaded Grandfather Dean. She joined her two brothers, James and Donald, and later a sister, Julie, joined the family. In Beaver, she was surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins, great grandparents and her grandmother where she lived for four years. After WWII in 1946, the family moved to Green River, Utah for her father’s job with the USGS. Louise started school in 1948 as the smallest and youngest in her class. She loved to read, was well read and she especially liked historical fiction. Her teachers would motivate Louise at school with extra reading time or less reading time. Spelling wasn’t her strong subject. A boy with a crush on her always gave her an undeserved 100 percent when she passed the paper to be corrected and this interesting spelling stayed with her all her life.
Louise was artistic. She loved to look at scenery which frequently caused tardiness in school, in fact she was tardy 42 times in first grade. In second grade, Louise was an attendant to the Melon Days Queen. Her brothers were so proud of their beautiful little sister with the red ringlets, big blue eyes and shy smile. Louise shared her room with her grandmothers when they came to visit. As they would tell family stories, Louise would remember and keep this knowledge and share it with her family in later years. She loved funny stories about family members which started her lifelong love of family history. Louise maintained connections with family members her entire life. She loved to go on Jeep trips when her Dad went surveying for the USGS, and it was a special treat for all of her siblings as well. He would tease her which she loved. Louise was funny, amusing and had a delightful laugh which she giggled in her own quiet way. She loved the comics and political cartoons. In 1957, the family moved to Bountiful, Utah. When she was 14 years old, her father passed away unexpectedly on December 23, 1957 which was a profound loss as she loved her father dearly. She graduated later from Bountiful High School. Louise married her high school sweetheart, Darl Hansen, in September of 1960 in the Salt Lake Temple. She became an accomplished artist in oil, watercolors, pottery and quilting. She loved dance and started a ballet school while living in Hardin, Montana. She was an expert gardener and canned produce from her garden. Early in her marriage, she lived in various locations throughout the intermountain west and adapted well to the strain of frequent moves as a young mother of two active baby boys. In 1964, she went with her growing family to Willows, California for seven years. In 1971, the family moved to Billings, Montana. In 1986, she returned to live in Utah. She studied art at the University of Utah for two years. With her husband, she served an 18-month service mission for the LDS church in 2009-10 in the Salt Lake City neighborhood of Rose Park. Louise spent her life selflessly serving her family and church in various callings in the many wards she lived in. Her lifelong best friend was her sister, Julie Mae, her supporter, champion and confidant with whom she spent many hours sharing the joys, milestones, humorous events and the inevitable heartaches of life. Her greatest joy and aspiration was being a mother and homemaker. For several years, she worked as an office manager in the family business.
She leaves behind her husband, Darl Leon Hansen, 6 children and 12 grandchildren. She was the dedicated mother of Michael (Cheri), Robert (Judy), Christine (Michael), Mary (Moe), Arthur, and Matthew (Tracy). The family wishes to thank the ICU staff and doctors at Lakeview Hospital for their excellent and dedicated care during her final hours. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Bountiful Heights LDS church located at 165 S. 1000 East in Bountiful on Saturday, July 14, 2012. Interment: Bountiful City Cemetery.