Charlotte Jane Hanks, daughter of Jacob and Emily Hanks passed peacefully at Primary Children’s Hospital on January 5, 2023 from the combined complications of trisomy 18 and RSV. She lived her short life in Hyde Park, Utah with her loving parents and adoring older brothers, Johnny (9) and Beckham (7).
Charlotte was born on May 18, 2021. As she prepared to come into this world, her health challenges were such that she was not expected to live. But Charlotte was a miracle baby! She consistently exceeded expectations and brought great joy and love into our family for the next 19 months. ‘Char Char Binks’ amazed us all with her happy attitude and nonstop smiles and laughter. She had a gift for making those around her feel her joy and a gift for inspiring people to be better.
Charlotte loved her brothers! Her whole world lit up as they played with her each day. When they were not around making her smile and encouraging her development she was content to be near her momma and watch the ceiling fan spin round and round. No need of Charlotte’s ever went unnoticed by the adoring care and love shared between a momma and her baby girl. Their days were spent bonding and enjoying one another. She knew her momma and her eyes lit up with excitement when it was the two of them together.
Nighttime was ‘Goo Goo’s’ time to shine (and keep daddy awake and entertained!) Each night, just as daddy was ready for bed, Charlotte found her energy and wanted him to play! They laughed and “talked” for hours. Charlotte and her daddy had a special relationship. Charlotte had him wrapped around her little finger and there was nothing he wouldn’t do for her. Jacob loved to make her laugh and discovered if he playfully hit whatever surface she was laying on, she would feel the vibrations and reward him with adorable giggles. It was a game the whole family enjoyed playing with her.
During her short time on earth, Charlotte touched many lives and was loved deeply by a large extended family and many great friends. She gave so many the opportunity to love and serve and was especially grateful for aunts and grandmas that spent time with her each week. Her brief life was a precious gift to us and her memory will forever be cherished. She has been reunited in heaven with her sister, Nora Kate, and our sweet baby angels are up there watching over us.
A celebration of Charlotte’s life will be held Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 11:00AM at the LDS Chapel located at 65 East Center, Hyde Park, Utah. Afterwards, Charlotte’s body will be laid to rest with her sister, Nora, in the Huntsville Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.