Sara Jane “Sally” Flowers Hansen
St. George, Utah - Sara Jane “Sally” Flowers McDermott Hansen, age 92, passed away October 24, 2010 at her home in St. George, Utah. She was born September 25, 1918 in Santa Monica, California to William Joseph and Marie Flowers. She lived most of her life in Las Vegas, Nevada. All her adult life she was known as “Sally”. She graduated from Las Vegas High School and attended Brigham Young University. She married Paul McDermott in 1936. They had two children, James Stanley and Sara Anne. Paul passed away in 1972 and Sara Ann passed away in 1987. April 6, 1974, Sally married Homer K. Hansen. They were later sealed in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple. They moved to St. George, Utah in 1988 and that year adopted their loving granddaughter, Elizabeth Sara. Sally was instrumental in getting the Symphony Orchestra established in Las Vegas and was active in political and humanitarian volunteering for many years. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions. Some of her favorites were teaching Sunday School and serving as the Education Counselor in the Bloomington Hills Stake Relief Society. She was instrumental in establishing the “Lunch Bunch” group in Las Vegas, Bloomington and Bloomington Hills, that met for many years in her home. Through these groups, Sally led the women in discussions on how to write their life history and “grow old gracefully”. Sally took care of her mother-in-law for 28 years and her own mother for 20 years before their deaths, which she considered a rare privilege. Sally taught by example all the days of her life. She loved attending the Temple and was a valiant servant to all with whom she came in contact. As she rose each morning, she would ask God what He would have her do for Him that day, then she would be on His errand ministering to those in need. When she came to the point in her life where she could no longer actively serve, her motto became, “Do all that you can for others and then when you can’t do it anymore, be gracious and thankful for what others do for you.” She was blessed to have loving attendants and family members care for her during the last years of her life and she always expressed gratitude for such patient, loving care. Sally felt especially blessed by the closeness of Jeff, Elizabeth and their children, Kyleigh, Lainee, Mikala, Kaden, Dannika, Josie and Bailee. Homer preceded Sally in death in February 2003. They are survived by their children: Elizabeth Sara (Jeff) McBride of St. George, Utah, Jim McDermott, Lynn Hansen, Mike (Mary) Hansen all of Las Vegas, Nevada, Margie (Sanford) Mason of Scottsdale, Arizona; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Miriam Belmont of St. George, Utah and several cherished nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bloomington Hills LDS 8th Ward Chapel, 1222 East Brigham Road, St. George, Utah. Visitation will be held Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel, prior to services. Interment will be at the Tonaquint Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to all who faithfully served Sally over the last few years. A special thank you to Nate and Danae Hendrickson, James Parker, Amber Hansen and all the employees of Hospice Alliance.