Obituary: Carole Geneal Waters Hansen

"Book Grandma"

Carole Geneal Waters Hansen passed away February 3, 2004, due to complications from a sudden, massive heart attack. She was surrounded at her passing by loving friends and family who knew her and were the direct beneficiaries of her lasting legacy. She was a wonderful Wife, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Grandmother, Friend, Teacher, and many other roles, filled so finely.

Born March 6, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah to William Dale and Nellie Geneal Jorgensen Waters, Carole lived in Midvale and South Jordan, Utah her entire life. She graduated from Hillcrest High in 1965 and BYU in 1968, with a degree in education and early childhood development. She married her childhood sweetheart, Dale Clarence Hansen, on September 9, 1968 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

She is survived by her husband, Dale, and children Jeff (Esther) Hansen, Seattle; Erik (Anna) Hansen, Midvale; Niels (Suzie) Hansen, Boise; Todd Hansen, LDS Mission in Montreal; Rachel Hansen, South Jordan; sister Renee Pay (Jerry), Sandy; her grandchildren Chandler, Annika, Niklas, Ellie, and baby girl due in March, and three special aunts, Mary Jorgensen, Ann Waters, and Dahl Carter. Carole was preceded in death by her parents.

She was an exemplary teacher, making it both her avocation as well as her vocation; she taught professionally as a 3rd grade, Title I, and Kindergarten teacher at Crescent and Terra Linda Elementary schools for the past 20+ years. She was also a teacher to her children. She taught them to be understanding of other cultures and countries and that passion resulted in 47 exchange students from 18 countries living in her home over the course of 13 years. She taught her children honesty, charity, faith in Christ, the love of music, and value of self. The ability to make someone feel important, no matter how she knew them, was a gift. The ability to let her children know of their self-worth is one of her greatest lasting legacies.

Most importantly, she taught her children, grandchildren, and Elementary school children the love of the written word. Her passion knew no bounds - scriptures, novels, and children's books. Known as the "Book Grandma," she always had a new book each time she visited a grandchild. Her love for books will carry on as a good portion of her extensive library of children's books will be donated in her memory.

She was a selfless person in all aspects of her life. She served faithfully in many organizations within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including organist in both the RS and primary organizations, Family Record Extractionist, and, of course, as a teacher. She had a passion for genealogy that will surely carry on beyond the grave.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2004 at 12 noon at the Glenmoor Stake Center, 4200 West Skye Drive (9800 South). Friends may call Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 South State and at the Stake Center Saturday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Interment: Larkin Sunset Gardens.

Condolences can be sent to bookgrandma@msn.com or posted to the common memorial site at www.legacy.com/deseretnews. The family would like to thank the staff of Emergency Room staff and Jordan Valley Hospital and LDS Hospital CICU staff, in particular Michele Strang Rosqvist for heroic efforts and loving care.

In lieu of flowers, and in honor of her love of books, donations can be sent to the Jordan Education Foundation, c/o Carole W Hansen Memorial Book Fund, 9361 So. 300 East 84070. (801-567-8261)

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