11/20/1946 ~ 10/6/2023
Barbara Hansen Strate of Spring City, Utah passed away at the age of 76, on Friday October 6th in Spanish Fork, Utah.
Born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah on November 20, 1946 to Willard G and Bernice Baxter Hansen, Barbara was the third of four children and was the only daughter. Growing up in the small town of Spring City, Utah, she spent her days raising and riding horses alongside her dad, adoring baby dolls, and cruising around in her brother’s hot rod. She graduated from North Sanpete High School with the class of 1965. She was married to Stephen H. Strate in the Manti Temple on July 1, 1966 and later divorced. Together they were the proud parents of four children, nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren with one more on the way.
Barbara was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and worked at the Manti Temple for twenty years, before retiring in 2013. She served faithfully in her callings and was the first to show selfless love to anyone and everyone she knew. Barb was always the first to offer a helping hand and give her time and possessions to those in need.
Her selfless nature was never more apparent than when she was with her family. She fiercely loved children, grandkids, and great-grandkids. She dedicated her life to her family and there was never a game, barrel race, or activity for any of her grandkids that you couldn’t find her at. When she wasn’t with her family, you could catch her out to lunch with her friends, on a ride up the mountains, driving around her hometown of Spring City, and watching the horses out at the pasture.
Regardless of her life circumstances, she could always count on her favorite men, George Strait her “boyfriend” and John Wayne her “husband” to bring a smile to her face. Her ability to find the brightest parts of life is what made her personality so infectious.
Her close bond to her brothers is something she carried with her for her entire life. You could catch her out on the porch chatting or watching The Price is Right with one of them on any given day. When she wasn’t surrounded by friends and family, you could be sure her furry friend and closest companion, her dog Sadie, was always close by.
Barbara was a light to all those who knew her, and the warmth of her house was unmatched. The saying “there’s no place like home except grandma’s house” was a feeling in the realest sense in her home. There truly was no place more special than Barbara’s home and the love she showed to everyone who entered it.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Bernice; her brother, Howard Hansen; and her grandson, Dawson McKinley Strate. She is survived by her children Angela (Larry) Christiansen, Delynn (Tammy) Strate, Amberlee Memmott, Devin (Amy) Strate; grandchildren Ashlee (Dellan), Kyle (Haley), McKade, Tiana (Joey), Kierstyn, Darian, Hailee, Kodi; great-grandchildren Ember, Emree, Sylvie, Jaxxon, Hastings, Lachlan; Brothers Vanoy (Evon) Hansen, Richard (Karen) Hansen, and many nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at the Spring City Chapel (the rock church) in Spring City, Utah with a viewing from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, October 10th and visitation Wednesday morning, October 11th 2023 from 9:30am to 10:30am. Memorial will begin Wednesday at 11:00am in the Spring City Chapel 164 S Main Street. Interment in the Spring City Cemetery.