Lorraine Jones Hansen returned to her Heavenly Father on July 6, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT at the age of 83. She was born the fourth of seven children to Alma and Marion Jones in Blanding on May 14, 1935.
She loved growing up in Blanding with many close relatives with whom she forged lifelong relationships. Her early years were mixed with trips to, and some extended stays in, Salt Lake City with beloved aunts and uncles.
She married Juan Hansen in 1957 and to that marriage were born five sons. The family ultimately settled in Monticello.
Motherhood brought her joy, and she endeavored to teach her children diligently in the faith that she treasured.
She was also a foster mother to Doug Dale, who lived with the family as part of the Indian Placement Program.
After a divorce, she moved to Salt Lake City and worked for the State Board of Education for many years. She took pride in the clerical work that she performed in that job.
In 1984, she fulfilled her dream of serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the England London Mission. She cherished this experience for the rest of her life.
As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she devoted her best efforts in serving in whatever capacity to which she was called. She is well remembered as a diligent Cub Scout leader during the busy years of raising her young sons.
She also held many music-oriented callings in the Church, one of which she held until just a couple of months before her death – ward chorister.
She was known for her beautiful singing voice and was often asked to sing vocal solos in church and in other functions. She was also a member of many choral groups.
Her musical talents were also used in her home, as her sons remember that there were many hours of practice for the family to sing in church functions, with Lorraine playing the piano and teaching all the members of the family to sing their best.
She was always proud of her Utah heritage and taught her children to honor their pioneer ancestors.
She is preceded in death by one son (Boyd), one grandson, two brothers, and one sister.
She is survived by four sons: Steven (Vicky), El Monte, CA; David (Audete), Lehi, UT; Scott (Bonnie), Elk Ridge, UT; and Alan (Natalie), Hyrum, UT; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister.
A viewing will be held Friday, July 13 in Salt Lake City at 1250 West 1400 South at 9 a.m. Funeral services will follow immediately at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Blanding City Cemetery on Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m.