Betty Lou Hansen - age: 73
(September 16, 1943 to May 07, 2017
Redwood Valley, California
Betty Lou Hansen was born on September 16th 1943, in Ukiah California, the daughter of Ben Ray and Catherine San Diego. Betty, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home surrounded by loved ones on May 7th 2017, she was 73 years old.
Betty met the love of her life Ernest James Hansen in 1960 through his sister Elizabeth. Their marriage and love was a lasting affection that would never be broken for the next 57 years. After graduating Ukiah High School in 1961, they moved to small house in Cloverdale, Ca. Betty and Ernest had their first baby girl in 1963 which they named Mary Ann followed by a baby brother in 1964 whom they named Ernest Jr. Betty was a teachers aid for 10 years and loved to help all children, but especially the Native children in her community.
She enjoyed listening to the all of the local Native rock and roll and blues bands. She loved getting her daubers ready for a Sunday at bingo, she loved watching the dancers and eating frybread and salmon at big times and cultural gatherings, but most of all she loved her family. Betty was a gracious lady that cared most about everyone feeling loved and welcomed. Her generosity was unparalleled; she was someone that would consistently go without, so that others less fortunate could have. For decades, her home was a place that remained available to those with nowhere to go, her dinner table displayed a permanent open seat for those that needed a nice home-cooked meal, and her heart was an endless river that flowed with unconditional love for anyone needing a mother, a friend or just someone to talk to.
Betty is preceded in death by her mother, Catherine San Diego, her brother David San Diego, and her two children Ernest James Hansen Jr, and Mary Ann Hansen.
Betty is survived by her husband Ernest James Hansen, her immediate family members, nephews: Joseph San Diego, David San Diego Jr, nieces: Nicole Wright, Ali Infante, grandsons: Frankie James Esquivel, Jimmy Mauricio Altizen, granddaughter Tina Altizen and great grandchildren: Skyler Blu Altizen, Michael Anthony Altizen, Karina Kaya Altizen, Jimmy Mauricio Altizen III and Naila Marie Altizen. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
A viewing will take place beginning on Wednesday at 4pm and continuing on through Thursday at the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians Gymnasium. The Rosary will be held at 6pm Thursday evening. The services will commence at St. Marys Church in Ukiah Ca, at 12pm followed by the burial at the Hopland Rancheria Cemetery.
All donations can be mailed to Ernest James Hansen, 1026 Redwood Drive Redwood Valley, Ca 95470.