JANET KAY "JAN" HANSENS

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JANET "JAN" KAY HANSENS Einan's at Sunset Janet "Jan" Kay Hansens On the afternoon of Monday, August 1, 2016, Jan peacefully passed away at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, WA, as a result of a sudden illness. She was surrounded by family and close friends, holding her hands and kissing her forehead. Jan was 64 years old. She was born Janet K. Meyers in Richland, WA at Kadlec Hospital on May 26, 1952. She was the third child, and first daughter of Del and Dorothy Meyers. Jan grew up in Richland, WA with her older brothers Kenneth and Richard, and younger sister Kathy. She attended Spaulding Elementary, Carmichael Junior High, and Columbia High School, where she graduated in 1970. In 1971, at 19, she married Paul Dudley, with whom she had two sons, Shad, in 1973, and Ryan, in 1976. Jan loved being a mother, and was a soccer mom, a baseball mom, a football mom and everything in between as she ran from practice to practice. She loved to sing to her boys and Shad has fond memories of her belting out Janis Joplin's 'Mercedes Benz' with her sons in tow, cruising down the road. In 1980, Jan began working as a teller at HAPO Credit Union. Her organization and accounting skills and eye for marketing led to her promotion to an Account Development Representative. She loved this position, where she was able use her skills in finance and bookwork to directly help her clients. It was during this time, 1997 that Jan started dating the love of her life, John Hansens. They were engaged in Cabo San Lucas on May 26st, 2002, Jan's 50th birthday, and married 5 days later. It was also during this period that Jan became a grandmother for the first time. Jan continued to work for HAPO until 2004 when she became a Membership Marketer for Costco. Jan worked for Costco among friends until 2009 when she began work at the Children's Development Center as a Development Director. This was her dream job, the apex of a career built around service of others. Service of others was not only part of Jan's career, she was a prolific volunteer. She served as an Elder within Northwest United Protestant Church, as President of the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce, where in 2001 she was Volunteer of the Year, and a Member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement. She was also very active in the Columbia Center Rotary. Jan loved to travel, loved Betty Boop, and she loved the gold roses John would give her for every anniversary, and the pink roses she received on Valentine's Day. She loved to dance. But more than all else, she loved her family. She was the heart of every holiday, the core of Wednesday night family dinner, the essence of every family event. She would always find another plate and place, no matter how many people showed up for dinner, and all who entered would leave as family. Her son Ryan remembers that she thought of love as a bank account that never runs out. One in which you have unlimited funds and no withdrawals. Everyone who knew Jan felt this. Around her, you were rich. In the last month of her life, Jan was able to fulfill a long time dream of a trip with her sons and grandchildren to Disneyland, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios. She couldn't wait to ride It's a Small World with everyone, rode Space Mountain three times, and loved the Rainforest Caf‚ coconut shrimp. Jan is preceded in death by her father Del, mother Dorothy, and brother Kenneth. Jan is survived by her husband John, her sons Shad and Ryan, her grandchildren Shade, Kieran, Priscilla, Paola, and JohnPaul, who will especially miss gardening with grandma, her brother Richard, sister Kathy, many nieces and nephews, plus a large collection of In-laws and "Outlaws". A memorial celebration of Jan's life will be held Sunday August 7th at 12:30 pm at Events at Sunset, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Children's Developmental Center in Jan's name, to 1549 SE Georgia Avenue #A, Richland WA 99352. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at www.einansatsunset.com
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Aug. 4, 2016