Jean Palmer Hanks
1937 - 2017
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Jean Palmer Hanks
1937 ~ 2017
Jean Palmer Hanks, age 80, beloved wife, devoted mother, choice companion, outstanding teacher, musician, and servant of all, passed away peacefully at home 18 December 2017. She was born 13 December 1937 to E. Darrell and Leah Susannah Hinckley Palmer in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from East High School and BYU. She taught elementary school and served an LDS mission to Ireland. She married her sweetheart, Paul Ashton Hanks, in the Salt Lake Temple 14 December 1964. After faithfully raising her family, Jean filled LDS missions with her husband in Dallas, Texas, New Zealand MTC, and Washington D.C. Temple. She was a hostess in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, volunteered at the Joseph Smith Academy in Nauvoo and most recently served as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple. Her example of unwearied diligence, patience, dedication, faithful endurance, quiet strength, and enduring love was felt by all who knew her. She was always positive and happy. She had a strong testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ and of the LDS Church. She leaves a legacy of faith, love, and devotion to her family and countless friends and associates.
She is survived by her sweetheart, Paul, six children, Paul Alonzo (Susan) Hanks, Sean Palmer (Mayra) Hanks, Jonathan Ashton (Mary) Hanks, Heidi Jean (H.G.) Kunzler, Susann (Tyler) Kreitzer, Amelia Mae (Karl) Heap, 24 grandchildren, 3+ great-grandchildren, her sister Ruth (Ralph) Driggs and her brother Richard (Sharon) Palmer. Preceded in death by her parents, Darrell and Susannah Palmer.
A celebration of her life will be held in the Capitol Hill Ward, 413 N. West Capitol Street on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held Friday night from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Ward and Saturday morning at the church prior to services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Donations can be made to the LDS Church Humanitarian fund.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2017.
06:00 - 08:00 PM
Capitol Hill Ward
09:30 - 10:45 AM
Celebration of Life
11:00 AM
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October 14, 2020
Sister Hanks: the best MTC mum a new missionary could dream of! It was my pleasure to have known her (and President Hanks), and it was my further blessing to spend a couple of days with them in their home shortly after completing my mission. My sincere condolences to all the family (acknowledging this is late as I only just came upon this news).

Adam Brown (Adelaide, Australia)
Adam Brown
March 4, 2018
Dear Paul: We learned at Church today, from our Bishop, your Nephew, Nathan Hanks, that Jean had passed away. This news slipped by us someway. We send you our love and condolences, based upon a wonderful relationship with you and Jean, since the days in Los Angeles, and through the Salt Lake era (and the Holy Land trip). Our love and sympathy to you good brother!!! What a priceless jewel is Jean. Richard and Penny Clark
Richard and Penny Clark
December 26, 2017
Paul, we have wonderful memories of our association with you and Jean, starting from the beginning or your marriage, and continuing on with our time with CES through the years. We are so sorry to hear of her passing, and wish we had been able to be at the funeral. We do not have your address or phone number, but know that we are thinking of you and pray for the comfort of faith and knowledge of that which you know to be true. You both have given great service in the Kingdom, and we know that you have your place in the Celestial realms. The Lord bless you and your family at this difficult time.
We love you,
Phil and Dawn Hanks
December 26, 2017
May the blessings of heaven be with you and your family. I am so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Vicki Tuua
December 25, 2017
I knew Jean as Sister Palmer. We were both called to the newly created Irish Mission at the same time. I loved serving with her and feeling of her wonderful testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. My love to each of you, her family members.

Joan Baker Stewart Bailey
now living in Provo, Utah
December 24, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about Jean's passing. I have worked with Jean and Paul in the Salt Lake Temple for many years and have grown to love them both dearly. I know of her faith and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and I hope you will find comfort in the knowledge that you will all be together again. May you have His spirit with you at this difficult time.

All my love, Suze Ingebretsen
Susan Ingebretsen
December 24, 2017
We are truly saddened to hear of Jean's passing. I got to know her through the Moss Family. Jean went to school with my sister-in-law Marilyn Moss Armstrong.
She was such a lovely lady and always greeted me cheerfully and would ask about Marilyn. It was a pleasure to meet her in the temple, she was such an angel there.
Our deepest condolences go out to you in your loss. She will be deeply missed.

Carol and Brian Moss
December 23, 2017
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your cherished loved one. Please keep in mind those who pass on God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. Hosea 13:14
TC Aikens
December 23, 2017
I saw a funeral procession today in Louisville and remembered what a wonderful person Sister Hanks was. Love and prayers for the Hanks family.
Paul Chapman
December 23, 2017
Dear Brother Hanks,
It has been our joy to know both you and your sweet wife, Sister Hanks. So many wonderful memories of institute choir many years ago that have carried us through tough and joyous experiences we all have through this brief time of mortality. Sister Hank's Testimony of the gospel, and love for us as her choir "children" will be with us always!
God bless,
Jim and Stephanie Fullmer
Jim Fullmer
December 21, 2017
Duane and I are very sad of the sudden passing away of Jean. She always had that sincere and beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed.
Duane and Erlinda Davis
December 21, 2017
Jean was so sweet. So sorry to hear of her passing.
Michelle Olsen
December 21, 2017
I was truly saddened to learn of the passing of our beloved Sister Hanks. She was a matriarch and surrogate mother to hundreds of missionaries and Institute Choir members, who affectionately was known as "mom". Sister Jean's optimism, smile, and zest for life could fill an entire room. The Lord needs a few more perfect angels. Our loss is truly heaven's gain. She will be greatly missed.
George Zinn
December 21, 2017
We will never forget Jeans smiling gracious manner and devotion to Jesus Christ and His gospel.Jim And Peggy Parry
Jim and Peggy Parry
December 21, 2017
My condolences to you, Paul. I think of you every time I drive by your lovely ward building. Jean was my classmate at East High School. She was a wonderful pianist. I miss our encounters in the Salt Lake Temple. Margie and I have moved to Alpine, UT and now serve in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. I pray for your peace and joy knowing that you will be with Jean in the life to come.

John Boyden
John Boyden
December 21, 2017
Paul & Family,

Narda and I send our condolences and wish we could be with you in person at the viewing and funeral, but my own health issues are preventing that from happening. We have fond memories over several decades of you and Jean. We know the Lord will bless you 'till you two meet again.

All our love,

Robert & Narda Woodford
December 21, 2017
Our deepest condolences to the Hanks family. We love our Salt Lake Institute Concert Choir Ma and Pa! Outside of our own parents, we cannot find a greater parental influence than Paul and Jean. I loved seeing Jean serve in the temple. She always kept track of me. I will cherish coming to play for her recently. So many times you both have been there for us. Thanks for your support and wonderful examples! We love you both.
Teresa and Coy Clawson
December 21, 2017
Thank-you to my dear sweet friend and example in life, for all you did for our family for the example of love and strength you gave to my son and I. Our condolences and love to Brother Hanks and all the children and family. Chris Albert & Armand Begin
Chris Alberti
December 21, 2017
Wonderful, Sweet, Charitable cousin. Paul our prayers are with you and your incredible family. What a great example you both are and will always be.
Wally and Valinda Rose
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