Darlene N. Hanson
October 15, 1922 ~ February 10, 2022
Darlene Naisbitt Rich Hanson, 99, passed away of natural causes on Thursday, February 10, 2022, in Parkview Memory Care Facility at Fairfield Village, Layton, Utah.
She was born October 15, 1922, Salt Lake City, Utah, the sixth child of Arthur Lee and Lillis Myrtle Belnap Naisbitt. She married Grant Stucki Rich, June 6, 1941, in the Salt Lake Temple. They lived in Logan and Ogden, Utah, before settling in Paris, Idaho. Grant died September 1, 1965. Darlene remained in Paris until her marriage to George Lewis Hanson on December 29, 1973. Their home was in Clearfield, Utah. Following some health problems, in June 2016 they moved into Fairfield Village Assisted Living, Layton, Utah, where George later died on January 11, 2018. From that time until her death, Darlene resided in Parkview.
Darlene was reared and educated in Salt Lake City, graduating from West High School, and then attending LDS Business College. She worked as District Clerk for the U.S. Forest Service in Paris and Montpelier, Idaho, and as Resource Specialist on the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Salt Lake City, where she retired in 1983. After retiring she enjoyed volunteer work at the McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden and at the Rocky Mountain Care Center in Clearfield for several years, where she felt if she could “just bring a spark of brightness to one soul, [her] time was worth it.”
As a member of the LDS Church, Darlene served on the Young Women and Relief Society stake boards, as Relief Society president, Young Women president, teacher, and visiting teacher. Her love of music led to being a choir director for many years. She also enjoyed singing in choirs, as a soloist, and in a quartet for various community and church functions. She and her husband, George, served as missionaries in the Australia Melbourne Mission. Darlene was an active member in the local chapter of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
Everyone who met Darlene immediately realized what a special, elegant, courteous, caring, classy, and charming person she was!
Darlene is survived by two sons, Daniel (Thelma) Rich of Bountiful, Utah, and Larry (Dorothy) Rich of Preston, Idaho; and one daughter, Jolene (Randy) Mecham of Pocatello, Idaho; three step-daughters, Elaine Kreamer of Paso Robles, California, Annette Lee of Birmingham, Alabama, and Lorrie (Charles) Krueger of Kamas, Utah; 15 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Lee Naisbitt and Lillis Myrtle Belnap; two husbands, Grant Stucki Rich and George Lewis Hanson; brothers, Harold A. Naisbitt, Raymon Naisbitt, and Frank H. Naisbitt; sisters, Eloise Hanson, Marion Guhin; and two step-sons-in-law, Allan Kreamer and Herman Lee.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Syracuse Mortuary, 869 S. 2000 W. Friends may visit with family on Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Paris Cemetery, Paris, Idaho.
Services will be live-streamed and available by scrolling to the bottom of Darlene's obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.
The Family wishes to express special thanks to all staff and aides at Parkview memory care for their countless hours of kind care and assistance for Darlene these past four years. The family also expresses particular heartfelt thanks to her exceptional Everest hospice nurses, Brenda Postel and Tammie Scott, for their loving care, and to her awesome CNA, Tammy Furqueron for going the extra miles (yes, miles!) in Darlene’s behalf.
In place of flowers, donations may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ Humanitarian Fund or Missionary Fund.
But an hour of music
When I die;
No lavish praise or tears
Nor sad goodbye.
It is enough
That I should go
Armed with a song
Sung soft and low.