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Rhea Thayne Hansen

June 19, 1926 - March 30, 2015

Rhea Thayne Hansen

June 19, 1926 – March 30, 2015


Rhea Thayne Hansen, 88, passed away peacefully March 30, 2015, in Ogden, Utah.  She was born June 19, 1926, in Annis, Idaho to Albert J. Thayne and Jennie Mae Ellis Thayne.  She was the fourth of five children.


She moved to Tacoma, Washington when she was a young girl and graduated from Puyallup High School in 1945.


Rhea married Calvin DeLoy Hansen January 9, 1950 in the Salt Lake City Temple.  They celebrated 50 years of marriage together before his death in 2000.  Her family and the gospel was the focus of her life.


Rhea had a productive and happy life.  She loved to attend family parties and gatherings.  She was known for her homemade rolls and would make them for family and friends each Sunday.  She was a hard worker and taught her children how to work in the family garden or around the house.  She was resourceful in finding ways to pay for whatever she felt was needed, whether it was a family vacation or something needed to make her house a home.


She loved being a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints throughout her life and fulfilled a mission in the Texas-Louisiana Mission as a young adult.  She also served a mission later with her sweetheart, DeLoy, in the Corpus Christi Texas Mission.  They also served in the LDS Cambodian Branch in Tacoma, Washington and served on the Tacoma Interfaith Council.  Rhea served as a ward missionary in Ogden into her 80’s.  Being a missionary and sharing the gospel with others was one of her lifelong pursuits and something she spoke about even to the end.  She served in the temple and many years in church auxiliary presidencies, but serving as a teacher was one of her favorite callings, especially serving as an early morning seminary teacher.  She loved working with the youth of the church.  She was an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers for many years.


Rhea is survived by five children:  Scott (Pam), Kimberly (Randy), Renee (Dennis), Sheridan (William), and Leslie (Mike), 23 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, DeLoy; son, Thayne; and grandson Jarom Larson.


We are appreciative of Dr. Greg Almony, her cardiologist who cared for her for 16 years and helped make her quality of life beyond what we thought possible.


Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Pleasant Valley 4th Ward, 5640 South 850 East, South Ogden, UT.


Family will meet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, April 2, 2015  at the church and one hour prior to services from 12:45 to 1:45 pm.


Additional Services will be held in Tacoma, Washington.


Interment will be held at the New Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, Washington.



Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pleasant Valley 4th Ward

5640 South 850 East

South Ogden, UT

Friends may meet with the family one hour prior to services on Friday from 12:45 to 1:45

Service Information

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm -

Pleasant Valley 4th Ward

5640 South 850 East

South Ogden, UT

Cemetery Information

Interment at the New Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, Washington on April 6, 2015


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Born: June 19, 1926
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Linda Foxley posted on 4/3/15

For Rhea's family, Your mom was a special Person! I enjoyed being around her, she was such an inspiration. Thank you for letting me say good by doing her hair. Would have loved to come by and meet all of you but I had to work Thursday night and Friday. The best to all of you and take care. Love Linda


Brad and Kathy Sawyer posted on 4/2/15

Dearest Sheridan and family... We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother, what a wonderful woman she is! Our lives have been so blessed by knowing Rhea, and our family has certainly grown as a result of our friendship with her. Please know you're all in our prayers...we so wish we could be there with you. We are out of town and just heard of your loss. We love you and are so thankful for all of you. We pray our Father in Heaven will bless and strengthen you all as you remember your dear Mom. Take good care...sincerely...your friends...Brad and Kathy Sawyer