Verda May Keyte Hanson, our beautiful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, 92, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 1998 at her daughter's home in Lindon.

Verda was born on January 15, 1906, to Fredrick Augustus Keyte and Rachel Kay in Mona, Utah. She married Jesse Peter Hanson on December 24, 1926 in Safford, Arizona. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple in 1927. They cared for each other on this earth for 66 years until Jesse's death March 26, 1993. After five long years apart, Jesse and Verda are together again.Grandma was a bright and energetic woman who taught school in Vernon and Mona after attending Brigham Young Academy in the 1920s. She loved serving the Lord and enthusiastically labored in many church callings including Stake Mutual President and Counselor in the Stake Relief Society of Granite Stake, as well as a counselor in the Parley's Third Ward Relief Society.

Grandma was a talented artist with ceramics, creating beautiful clocks, figurines, and dolls, which she insisted on giving away. She shared her craft with each of the grandchildren praising our clumsy efforts and then guiding our brushes over the delicate faces on the many figurines we painted over the years.

Grandma always had a treat in the icebox or a quarter in her pocket. She could make a stack of hotcakes in a split-second and the best scones we've ever tasted. Grandma found peace in her beautiful backyard garden, a haven of fruit trees, pansies, petunias and roses. She loved the roses best. She was a gifted gardener in many respects, and both plants and people blossomed in her care.

Verda is survived by three children and their spouses, James E. and Heloyce Hamilton, Lindon; Keyte L. and Diane Hanson, Milwaukee, WI; J. Merrell and Mary Hansen, Orem; as well as 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to LuJean Johnson and Sherrie Atkinson who were so kind and loving to Grandma in her final months as she struggled to endure valiantly to the end.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple Patron Fund.

Funeral service will be held at 12 noon, on Thursday, July 2, 1998, in the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 So. Highland Drive, where family and friends may call on Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m. and on Thursday, from 10:45-11:45 a.m. prior to service. Interment, Mona City Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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