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Jean Hanks


1924 - 2018 Obituary Condolences

Longtime Shelley resident Barbara Jean Poll Hanks passed away peacefully June 5, 2018, at Sunset Gardens in Renton, Washington.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Donald Max Hanks; her sister, Rose Poll Cousin; and brothers, Norman Charles Poll and Elmer Floyd Poll.

Jean is survived by four daughters: Susan (Greg) Fernald, of San Felipe, Mexico; Alison (Gary) Addicks, of Rice, Washington; Maxine Hanks, of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Jeanie (Darrell) van Amen, of Bellevue, Washington; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Jean was born July 7, 1924, and raised in Idaho Falls by her parents, Charles Clive Poll and Iva Field Poll. Her mother's family lived in Idaho Falls area, and Jean grew up around her aunts, uncles and cousins. She adored her mother whom she described as "an angel" and was very close to her sister, Rose. She attended Idaho Falls schools and enjoyed art, music, writing, poetry and served on the newspaper staff at Idaho Falls High School, where she graduated in 1942. Her poetry was published in the Idaho Falls Post Register.

After graduation, Jean began working for the Atlantic Commission in Shelley. It was there she met Max; he was driving for his father's trucking company and brought trucks of potatoes to be weighed at her office. She said she immediately knew he was "the one." Jean was transferred to Stockton, California, for a summer, and although she enjoyed the experience, she was homesick and moved back home, reconnecting with Max. They were engaged on Easter 1944.

Max and Jean married June 21, 1944, in Idaho Falls at her parents' home. After a short honeymoon to Yellowstone, he left Jean at home and reported to Army active duty at Ft. Douglas in Utah. Their marriage was sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple shortly after he returned from the service in October 1945.

During the 1940s-50s, Max and Jean traveled to various military bases in Texas, Alabama and Florida where Max took further training in the Army. They also built their dream home in Shelley where their four daughters were born and raised.

In 1964, Max found work as a pilot in Walla Walla, Washington, where he and Jean lived for two-and-a-half years before buying their own flying business in Sunnyside, Washington. Jean and Max led an active, happy life on the Sunnyside airport for a dozen years from 1967 to 1979. Jean was skilled in secretarial and accounting work, so she managed the family business as bookkeeper and office manager. Their business, home and family life all thrived, producing many happy times as their daughters grew through grade school into college.

In 1979, Jean and Max sold their flying business and moved back to Shelley, living in the Hanks family home. There they shared 23 golden years, serving the community and church, hosting family gatherings, camping, traveling and ranching on the Snake River. These were immensely happy times.

Jean loved homemaking and caring for her family. She was an excellent cook who made delicious bread, pies, carrot pudding, candies, jams, pickles and chokecherry syrup, often requested by others.

Jean was a gifted seamstress who made heirloom quilts and knitted countless sweaters, hats, scarves, slippers, and mittens for the family. She was also fond of art, sketching, crafting, home decorating and painting, taught by her father, a painter.

Jean loved music and surrounded herself with it, playing the piano for family, home and church, and listening to records or radio daily, especially the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She loved singing with her family and dancing with her husband, Max, to their favorite 1940s songs.

She enjoyed serving as a member, teacher, librarian, pianist, visiting teacher and youth leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She valued her Mormon pioneer heritage, admiring her great-aunt Mary Field Garner and her historian cousin Richard D. Poll. A deeply spiritual person, Jean relied upon God all her life, listening for divine guidance, companionship and comfort.

Jean lost her beloved husband, Max, in 2003; then five years later, she was moved to care centers in Shelley and Washington where she lived her last nine years. She radiated love and appreciation to those who visited or cared for her, holding them close.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Shelley 1st Ward Chapel, 185 N. Park Ave. The family will meet with friends Saturday morning from 9:30-10:40 a.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home in Shelley. Burial will be in Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.

Published in Post Register from June 14 to June 15, 2018
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