Irene Smith Hanten passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 2, 2015 at the age of 90. She is survived by her six children and their spouses: Terry and Jon Sattler, Linda Hanten-Clough, Jean and Joe Gerard, Jim and Denise Hanten, Kathy Hanten, and Jackie and Mike Bouchard; her five grandchildren: Mickey, Emily, Sara, Nick, and Jake; and one great grandchild, Violet.
Irene was born on October 13, 1925, and grew up on a farm with her four sisters in South Dakota. After meeting her husband, Len Hanten, they moved first to Wyoming, and later settled in Southern California where they raised their family and got all six kids off to college. Upon Len’s retirement, they moved to Prescott, Arizona, and spent many years traveling with their trailer, visiting national parks and historical locations. Irene took great care of Len when he suffered a stroke, and after he passed she lived almost another fourteen years, independently.
Although she never went to college, Irene was extremely well-read. Her reading choices tended to be weighty volumes and historical fiction, which put her in good stead when she would reach for the daily newspaper crossword puzzle, pen in hand. She had a fantastic eye for color, which she applied to the countless quilts and wall hangings she made by hand over the years. She loved the mountains, and one of her favorite recent memories was a cruise to Alaska with her daughter, Linda. She enjoyed a good book, a good snack, and a good game of cards or Scrabble.
The family will hold a private memorial service, and another service will be held in South Dakota at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lions Clubs International Foundation (www.lcif.org), where both Len and Irene were active volunteers.