Logan Herald Journal, 10/27/12
NaDene Hansen Larsen, 71, passed away peacefully Oct. 24, 2012, at Logan Regional Hospital in the arms of her husband and family after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 18, 1941, to LaVere Hildt and Ruth Parker Hansen in Pickleville (Garden City), Utah, in a white house on the hill, the youngest of three children. She grew up on her father’s sheep and cattle ranch on the west side of Bear Lake. She had wonderful parents who taught her the value of hard work and loving service to all of God’s children.
She attended local Bear Lake schools and was involved in many activities including choir, orchestra and was a baton twirler for the North Rich High School Band. She graduated from LDS Seminary where she gained an even stronger testimony of the Gospel. She received a scholarship to attend Weber State College and then became a beautician.
In 1961, NaDene met her future husband Mel at a 4th Stake Gold and Green Ball at Utah State University. After dating daily for six weeks she faithfully waited for two long years while Mel served his mission in England. They were married and sealed in the Logan LDS Temple on June 26, 1964. Over the years, Mel and NaDene have had five wonderful children and nine grandchildren. They have lived in Logan, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Washington Terrace (Ogden), Woods Cross (Bountiful) and then came back to Logan.
NaDene was very active in the LDS Church throughout her life. She served in many positions in her wards and branches including service in the Logan temple. She valued her roles as a daughter, wife, mother and grandmother as priceless. She taught others the priorities of life by her daily example. She showed immense love and compassion for everyone she met. She provided service to the elderly, young, sick, lonely, poor and neglected.
She had a love for the outdoors and spent countless hours in the mountains with her family hiking, picnicking, camping and enjoying the beauties of God’s creations. Her family took many vacations to the national parks as well as almost yearly visits to Hogle Zoo and Lagoon. She was her children’s biggest cheerleader at games and musical events. She worked tirelessly every day to make sure all of her family’s needs were met.
She is loved by all who know her, and we admire her greatly for her faith, patient endurance and her capacity to love unconditionally. Her life was a blessing to us all and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband Melvin H. Larsen of Logan; five children and their spouses, Sheri Ruth Larsen McCandless (Dru) of Colorado Springs, Larry Melvin Larsen (Jennifer Israelsen) of Logan, Stephen Alan Larsen (Cindy Meng) of Logan, Judy Ann Larsen Sweeten (Jesse) of Kaysville, and Bryce Lee Larsen (Jennifer Minharo) of Logan; brother Wayne Earl (Yvonne) Hansen of Wyoming; and nine grandchildren, Ryan and Alena McCandless, Tyler, Connor, Wesley and Clayton Larsen, Sarah, Ashley and Taylor Sweeten.
She was preceded in death by her brother Ronald Norman Hansen.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the LDS Lundstrom Park 2nd Ward chapel, 1260 N. 1600 East in Logan. A viewing will be held at 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E. 400 North in Logan, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Lundstrom Park church.
Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.nelsonfunera