Obituary: HANSON, BESSIE

Published: Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:22 a.m. MDT

Bessie Kathryn Gibson Hanson1908 - 2012Bessie Kathryn Gibson Hanson passed away peacefully on February 7 at the age of 103. She was born April 20, 1908, in Mack, Colorado, the youngest child of Arthur Ernest and Adella Cowley Gibson. She enjoyed life in the small town of Storrs, Utah, where her father managed the Spring Canyon coal mine for "Uncle" Jesse Knight. After the mine closed, the family moved to Price, Utah. Bessie attended Carbon High School where she was Pep Club president and had the lead in the school play. She enrolled in the University of Utah for a semester, exchanging letters with Eugene Carl Hanson back home in Price. They married on January 11, 1927. Bessie and Gene's first two sons, Eugene Emory and Craig Gibson, were born in Price. After Craig's birth, the family moved to Salt Lake City where Gene started his own insurance agency, American Agencies, Inc. A third son, Michael Carl, born in 1943, lived only three days. Their only daughter, Kathryn Adele, was born five years later. In 1951 the family moved into the Monument Park neighborhood where Bessie enjoyed dear friendships for over 56 years. A talented homemaker and hostess, Bessie made every holiday special. She was an excellent gardener, known for her prize-winning African violets. She loved needlework, enjoyed drama and performed in school, civic and church productions. She belonged to the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, the Literary League and gave book reviews on local radio. Bessie served faithfully in the Sunday School, Primary, Young Women and Relief Society organizations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She particularly loved to travel, visiting Europe, South America, India, Australia, China, Russia, Israel and Egypt. Traveling to help care for newborn grandchildren was a special delight. A gracious lady, she made everyone feel important. Her husband Gene passed away in 1989, and Bessie maintained her own home until she was 99 years old. She was preceded in death by her sons Gene, Craig and Michael. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Randall Shirts, with whom she lived for the last four years. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Rose Marie Hanson, and 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren who adore her. The family especially thanks Dana Mutch, Missy Ford and Verna Nelson of Alpine Hospice for their loving care and support. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 PM in the Monument Park 2nd Ward chapel, 1005 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held Friday, February 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, and from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM prior to the services at the ward. Interment at Salt Lake City Cemetery. Online Condolences at www.larkincares.com.