Shirley Hansen Sandberg
August 18, 1934 - August 6, 2017
Shirley Hansen Sandberg (Miss Shirley), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother passed away peacefully on August 6th, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was 82. She was born August 18, 1934 in Butte, Montana to Walter Clarence Hansen and Vivian Corbridge Hansen. She was preceded in death by her husband Lamar A. Sandberg, who passed away February 10, 2017. She loved her eternal companion Lamar (Sandy). These two were so much in love, they were rarely apart and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September. We consider it providence Lamar and Shirley were only separated for a brief time.
Shirley was raised in Hailey, Idaho, Tacoma, Washington and Elko, Nevada. She was named after Shirley Temple a popular actress. She became the oldest sister to twin sisters at the age of three. She was thrilled to have sisters even though they came all at once.
Shirley graduated from Elko High School where she participated in student government and cheerleading. She attended Brigham Young University and graduated with an Associate’s Degree and then attended Utah State University and LDS Business College. She was a student at the McCune School of Music in Salt Lake City and received a full ride scholarship to the Julliard School but decided to attend BYU. She loved music which was evident to anyone who heard her play. She accompanied beautifully many musical numbers and was the ward organist for years.
Shirley was the happiest when she was with her family and teaching children. She owned and operated Adventure Preschool for 35 years preparing more than 2,500 graduates to enter full time school. She looked forward to family picnics, vacations and Sunday dinners. She was perseverant and dedicated to the things she enjoyed – family, music, primary, yard work and teaching. To many she is “Miss Shirley” and everywhere she went, students would come up and talk to her. They loved their preschool teacher and she enjoyed celebrating their successes. She made school fun and gave children the gift of “love of learning.” Shirley loved going to the movies and eating popcorn. She was an excellent cook and her family enjoyed mouthwatering delights every holiday and family gathering. Every Christmas included piñatas for the grandkids, raisin filled cookies, popcorn balls and divinity – family favorites! She never forgot a birthday, anniversary or special occasion.
Shirley was an energetic, fun, altruistic, kind, wise and loving person. No one could enter her home without receiving a hug, being asked how you were and if she could get you something to eat. She was always serving and loving others. Even when her memory was failing, you could always find her visiting with those that were struggling. She was loved by her neighbors, friends and every child she met. She was faithful in all of her church assignments, serving as the Stake Primary President and ward organist being some of her favorites. She would always complete her visiting teaching every month with her husband by her side.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband (Lamar). She is survived by her two sisters Jean(Jim) Waldron and Joan(Duane) Orullian and one sister-in-law Eleanor Sandberg. She is survived by her children; Scott (Sherry), Brian (Rachel), Gary (Lori) and Debra Ohrn (Greg); 10 grandchildren; Josh (Cassie), Brandon, Michael, Tyler, Kaylee, Baylor, Jasmin, Brianne, Jace, Garrett; and two great grandchildren; Jadyn and Maya.
To her posterity, Mom (Grandma) leaves her testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ, her example of love and compassion and her service to others. She leaves her “can do” attitude. No matter what your circumstances may be, you can achieve your dreams! She always encouraged her family to “carry on” and not be discouraged. Shirley has brought comfort to the needy, hope to the downtrodden and solace to the sorrowing. The Legacy she leaves is optimism in the face of despair, making a difference with the talents you possess, serving continually and opening your arms and heart to everyone you encounter. Her love and influence will continue to inspire all who knew her.
A special thanks to the friends and staff at the Highland Glen Senior Living in Highland, Utah (Shirley’s wolf pack) and A-Plus Home Care & Hospice of Utah County for their dedicated care and service during these past 6 months. We sincerely appreciate your love and compassion. You are the angels of this world!
Funeral services will be held at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary Lone Peak, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland, Utah on Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 a.m. Friends may visit with the family from 9:00 - 10:45 prior to the services. Interment will take place at American Fork Cemetery, 26 W. 600 N St, American Fork, Utah. We encourage those who may have known Shirley to visit Anderson Mortuary online at www.andersonmortuary.com to leave a memory in the guest book. This will be greatly appreciated by her family.
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American Fork Chapel
49 East 100 North
American Fork, UT 84003
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6141 West 11000 North
Highland, UT 84003