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Anna Elbaek (Bedste) Hansen


03/08/1936 - 11/23/2014 Obituary
Anna Elbaek (Bedste) Hansen Obituary
Anna was born in Denmark on March 8, 1936 and passed away on November 23, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family. Her strong religious faith gave her strength to endure to the end. Entering the hospital, on what would have been her 61st wedding anniversary, she is now reunited with her husband (Thomas), who preceded her in death 5 years ago.
Anna is survived by her sister Maja, her three children and their spouses; Inger and Eddie Summers, Frank and Shirley Hansen, Sonja and Kurt Cornelius. She also leaves behind her four cherished grandchildren; Kasem and Kandis Cornelius, Tyler and Heather Hansen and many loving friends.
Raised in Denmark, she met and married the love of her life, Thomas in 1953. Six years later she followed him to the United States, where they began their pursuit of the American dream. She worked beside him picking cotton to make extra money, partnered with him in a gardening business, and eventually answered phones and did the bookkeeping for their upstart Great Dane Moving. A loyal and devoted wife, she cared for her dying husband, even as she herself was suffering serious pains.
Anna has always been an avid Bible reader. At age 75, she chose to become a member of the Terrace Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Anna enjoyed spending time with her friends in the ministry and teaching others about God's Kingdom. She spoke often about the resurrection hope that would reunite her with Thomas and many other loved ones that preceded her in death.
Anna had a way of touching the lives of everyone she met. Always pleasant, always upbeat, Mom always placed everyone else's happiness ahead of her own. She never missed an occasion to bake and drop by some "goodies". She enjoyed and was quite proficient at knitting, having won many a competition. Anna loved making and giving away "home shoes", baby outfits, and beanie caps for cancer victims.
Anna was proud of her children and their families; nothing pleased her more than gathering the families together for dinner and some serious game playing. You could always expect one of her amazing hugs, she referred to as "squeezes" as you arrived and departed. We will all miss those "squeezes"!
Thank you to all the doctors and nurses at San Joaquin Hospital for your compassion and love during those final days.
Funeral service will be held in the Celebration of Life Center at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 4, 2014
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