Louise Lila Mae (LaBrie) Hansen, 95, passed away quietly on November 28, 2020, at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield, SD. A private family service will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen, SD where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. Pastor Lorah Houser Jankord will officiate. The service will be uploaded to the funeral home’s website. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
She was born on February 8, 1925, to Joseph and Engrid “Mary” (Hansen) LaBrie in Turton, SD. She attended Little Flower Catholic and Turton High School in Turton, SD, where she played basketball and softball and enjoyed math and accounting. She worked at Farmers State Bank during high school and remained there until she met and married Peter Elmer Hansen on December 21, 1946. They purchased the farm west of Turton, and it was here they raised their seven children until her health required her move to Eastern Star in Redfield.
Lila was an avid cook and baker and is famous for her brownies and cookies. She spent hours caring for many farm animals (goats, horses, sheep, geese, ducks, guineas, calves, dogs, and cats) and helping her children in 4-H. Dogs were her favorite and the farm had several. Lila loved to knit, crochet, sew, and paint ceramics and china. Her children gave her a firing kiln so that she could continue to work on her china painting in the winter when she could not travel to Aberdeen to paint with her group. Several of her pieces made it to the SD State Fair.
Lila was a 4-H leader for the Timber Wolves club for over 25 years. Her children were active in 4-H; thus, began her 62-year attendance at the state fair. Lila spent days trimming and blocking sheep, caring for calves, and assisting with the cooking and sewing projects that her children entered. She camped at the fair for 45 years and loved to watch the Great Pretenders and food demonstrations in the Women’s Building. Her grandchildren loved to stay in the camper with her. Every year, she took home at least one new gadget from the appliance building.
She spent many hours with her grandchildren cooking and baking, especially for 4-H. Their biggest frustration with grandma was that she rarely measured ingredients, so recipes were hard to duplicate. Lila had unwavering patience, was unfailingly accepting, and was rarely angry. She was incredibly humble and did her best to make everyone feel special. Lila will always be remembered for her care of others, her strength, and her stubbornness.
Lila loved to support her family members in all the activities they participated in, especially anything involving a softball or baseball. She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. She enjoyed attending achievement days in Redfield to watch her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids show. Although she loved to be home, Lila did travel to Sundance, Wyoming, to attend her cousin’s Maupin Memorial Youth Rodeo for many years.
Lila is survived by her children: Larry and Linda Hansen of Warner, Linda J. Hansen of Warner, Harley Hansen of Turton, Rod and Carrie Hansen of Turton, Brian Hansen and Jill DeWitte of Redfield, and Keith and Stephanie Hansen of Redfield and bonus son-in-law David Taylor of Redfield; grandchildren: Chad and Jenny Hansen (Maren and Jack), Shanna and Derek Ricci (Ben, Zach, and Alex), Lynsee and Matt Planting (Wyatt, Jaycee, and Brynlee), BJ and Katie Hansen (Hudson, Gage, and Remi), Jenae (Shane Gross) Hansen, Carli Hansen, Jake Hansen, Sawyer and Kim Hansen, Lizzie Hansen, Colton and Colette Taylor (Eliza), Kristina and Tony Rieffenberger (Will and Izzie), Jeremy Taylor (Abigail and Braiden), Talese Aucoin, Brittany Hansen, Savannah (Drew Meyer) Hansen, and Chloey Hansen. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Doris LaBrie and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter Judy, her granddaughter Jocelyn, and her siblings Lois (Mattie) Dix and Richard “Bud” LaBrie.
In lieu of flowers, please forward memorials in honor of Lila to the Eastern Star Home, Spink County 4-H, Redfield Baseball Association, or a charity of your choice.
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Eastern Star Home
126 W 12th Avenue, Redfield SD 57469
Redfield Baseball Association
c/o 38915 171st Street, Redfield SD 57469
Spink County 4-H
210 E 7th Ave., Ste. 4, Redfield SD 57469