Arlene Hansen, 76, of Rupert, Idaho passed away on February 5, 2014. Arlene was born March 10, 1937 in Marysvale, Utah, the daughter of the late Alma and Eulala Hansen. She is survived by four sisters and two brothers: Joyce Hansen, Carolyn Tinsley (Allen), Sue Gange (Dave), Sheila Wilmore (Garry), Lane Hansen (Marie) and Steve Hansen (Kim) plus many beloved nieces and nephews.
Arlene was educated in California schools and then graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in History, English and Art. She also worked at Bonneville International where she was a writer for Spence Kinard who delivered the Spoken Word for the Tabernacle Choir.
Wanting to be an influence in young people’s lives she returned to school receiving her teaching certificate from San Jose State to teach in California and later Weber State to teach in Utah. Many students were blessed both in junior high and high school by her love and dedication to help them expand their minds and develop their talents.
Arlene was an amazing artist, avid reader and skilled gardener. She loved the ocean and many of her most beautiful paintings were seascapes. The years she spent in California near the ocean were some of her happiest times.
She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings throughout her life. She loved Heavenly Father and looked on Jesus Christ as her personal Savior.
Her niece, Taryn, said it best, “My aunt passed away last night. She was a beautiful lady with a love for planting flowers and art. She took me to my first musical (a high school production of “Singin’ in the Rain”) and taught me that we should look for beauty in everything.”
A viewing will be held at 9 a.m. prior to the funeral service on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Rupert West Stake Center, 26 S. 100 West, Rupert, Idaho. Another viewing will be held at 3 to 4 p.m. at the Centerville Stake Center, 951 N. Main Street, Centerville. Burial will be at the Centerville City Cemetery.