Sandra Rae Hanson

Hanson,Sandra web picNovember 1935 ~ March 2015

Sandra “Sandy” Rae Hanson was born on November 10, 1935 in Stockton, California and entered into final rest on March 10, 2015, after a year and a half battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sandra is survived by her loving husband, James C. Hanson, Sr. of Turlock, CA; son James C. Hanson, Jr. “Beaver” (Katherine) of Turlock, CA; daughter Cindy L. Morgan (Scot) of Turlock, CA; mother Lory Moore and sister Stephanie Brewer, both of Lodi, CA; and grandchildren: Jessica Hanson (Matt Gmur) of Portland, OR, Christopher Hanson of Manteca, CA, Andy Morgan (Alicia Almeida) of Turlock, CA and Adam Morgan of San Francisco, CA.

Sandra and her family lived in San Francisco during her early years. They moved to Railroad Flat (Angeles Camp) where she attended a one-room school house for Grades 1-8. The family relocated to Lodi, CA, where she graduated from Lodi High School. She attended the three-year Nurses Training Program at San Joaquin County General Hospital in Stockton, CA, receiving her Registered Nurses License that she still held until her death – 60 years! It was in nursing school that she met the love of her life, James C. Hanson, Sr.

Sandra and Jim were married on March 17, 1956, in Lodi, CA, staying in Lodi for the first few years where Sandra worked as a nurse at Lodi Memorial Hospital. In 1960, they moved to Turlock, CA, and have lived in the same house for 55 years.

While working and raising her two children, Sandra had set a goal to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from college. In 1973 she went back to school to accomplish this. In 1982, she walked across the stage with Jim (who was a Professor at Stanislaus) to pick up her B.A. Diploma. It was a proud moment for her entire family.

Sandra’s nursing career in Turlock began at the old Emanuel Hospital on Canal Drive, where she worked from 1962 to 1965 on Medical Floor and as an OB GYN Nurse. When the new Emanuel Medical Center opened in 1965 mom became one of the first ICU/CCU nurses and worked as such until the last few years before retirement became the Quality Assurance Manager setting up the hospital’s new accreditation program. She “retired” from Emanuel on Feb. 2, 1989 after 27 years of services. Sandra assisted Sacramento State, University in preparing them for State Accreditation. She was employed in the fall of 1989 as a Registered Nurse at California State University, Stanislaus Health Center. She worked there through 1995 “retiring” once again. From 1995 to 2003 Sandra took care of her grandchildren, which was her greatest joy. In 2003 she went back to work for the Health Center at California State University, Stanislaus to assist in preparing them for State Accreditation and also working as a nurse on the floor. She worked a total of 18 years at the Health Center and was still employed at her passing. She loved the profession she was in and loved being around all the young college students and especially enjoyed the time with her colleagues.

During the latter 1960’s and the first few years of 1970, “Mrs. Hanson” as she was referred to, volunteered her time at Sacred Heart School as the school nurse, physical education teacher and began the Girls Basketball program as their Coach. Many of those former students kept in contact with her to this day. There were even a few who because registered nurses and worked with mom at Emanuel. She was respected by all who knew and loved her.

Sandra was a devout member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and loved to attend Mass. She was a member of YLI. Other interests included playing slot machines, playing great Pinochle with long time friends, and still loved playing scrabble with her best friend. She looked forward to her monthly Bunko nights with her daughter and all the “Bunko girls” as she liked to call them!!

Rosary will be at Allen Mortuary on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:00pm Memorial Mass will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Turlock on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:00pm with urn burial to follow at Ceres Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers remembrances be made in her name to National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Hospital, or your favorite charity.


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