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Norma Jean Hanks

ROCK SPRINGS -- Norma Jean Hanks, 91, of Rock Springs died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Deer Trail Assisted Living in Rock Springs. She was born Jan. 12, 1924, in Beloit, Kansas, the daughter of Ivan George Petersen and Florence Emily Weir Petersen. She attended schools in Lexington, Nebraska, and graduated from Lexington High School with the Class of 1942. She married Robert Lloyd Hanks on Aug. 29, 1943, in Beloit, Kansas. He preceded her in death Nov. 9, 1981. Besides being a wife and mother, she worked in the food service department for Sweetwater County School District No. 1 and Western Wyoming Community College. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and Red Hat Society. Her interests were gardening and traveling. Survivors include her son Tom Hanks of Laramie; daughter-in-law Ruth Hanks; grandchildren Stephanie Jackson, Rebecca Hanks and Sarah Munoz; great-grandchildren Solveig Hanks, Mason Munoz, Alice Jackson, Violet Jackson and Ivan Faycosh; nieces and nephews Pat Bremer, Terry Nimmo and wife, Jolynn, Betty Ann Bell, Elmer Hanks, Janette Murrell, Laverne Jackson, Betty Johnson and Sara Binam; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son Gary Hanks; sisters Anita Petersen and Vera Barnes; and brother Robert Petersen. Cremation has taken place at Fox Crematory, Rock Springs. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, 1515 Edgar St., Rock Springs. Pastor Jim Chrisawn will officiate. Inurnment will take placed in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Rock Springs.

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Dear Tommy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I can still hear your mom calling me Annie Roonie. So many memories. Sending all our love from California, Ann

Ann Peak Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Tom & family, I am truly sorry to learn of the passing of Jean. I enjoyed her fun energy, her laughter, her wit & her kind ways. She was good neighbor & friend to my parents as we grew up on Lincoln St. I know she will be missed.

Terrie Folks Layos Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM

Tom, Ruth and Family, May the many fond memories your Mother gifted to you and so many, continue to remain as cherished treasures in our hearts. Love in all ways, Always.....

Fran & Al Kolman Sep 2 2015 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Jean. She was a special lady to me and a very good friend to my mom, Mary Ransdell. I'll always remember her sweet smile and her gentle spirit. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol Ransdell Conboy Sep 2 2015 12:00 AM

Aunt Jean always was one of the most beautiful women I ever knew. She so full of fun and energy,forever wanting to take us somewhere and show us everything around Rock Springs and the area. and she was such a pleasure to be around. I'm glad I had the privilege of having her in my life and I will miss her so much and the visits to see her and her visits to Montana. Aunt Jean you can rest now and leave all the pain behind.

Betty Johnson Sep 2 2015 12:00 AM

Tony and I were so sorry to hear of Jeans death. We know what a difficult time this is. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. We are sure Jean is visiting in heaven with all her friends and at peace now. Tony and Darlene Budak

Darlene Budak Sep 2 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Tom and family - You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ed and Karen Yenne Sep 2 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Tom and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will really miss Jean and her wonderful laugh. Love to all.

Ellen and John Bernatis Sep 2 2015 12:00 AM