Betty Jane Hanson

Funeral services for Betty Jane Hanson, 91, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 pm Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church. Betty died Saturday, November 10, 2012, at her home.

She was born June, 7, 1921 in Arnold, NE. the daughter of Jerold Lewis and Lucile A. Morris Branson.

She graduated from Lexington High school in 1940 and graduated from Nursing School in Detroit in 1944. Mrs. Hanson served in the US army during WWII as a nurse, being commissioned a second Lieutenant. She was awarded the Bronze Battle Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and Bronze Victory Medal. She was employed by Lawrence Memorial Hospital. After she retired, she worked as a Volunteer for the Hospital. As a Red Cross Nurse, she volunteered to work for the mobile blood bank. Also she helped the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, known as L.I.N.K, providing meals for those in need.

She married H. J. “Jack” Hanson Jr. on June 29, 1947 in Lexington, NE. They moved to Lawrence Kansas in 1968. He preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 1984.

Survivors include a son, Jerold Lewis Hanson, Lawrence; daughter, Sharon Lea Ward and Husband, Steve, Olathe; brother, Jack V. Branson, Lakewood, CO; and 2 grandchildren, Adam and Alison Ward.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, and a brother Lewis Branson.

Family will receive friends from 12:30 pm to service time at the church.

She will lay in state from noon to 8 p.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials to Lawrence Humane Society, or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Nevillene Smith...

My deepest symphony to you all. Betty was truly a great lady. She will be missed. I lost touch with her a year or so ago, but I thought of her often.

God Bless you all in this time.


Nevillene Smith

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