Theresa Ellen Hansen
Theresa Ellen Hansen
  • August 4, 1932 - January 14, 2018
  • North Carolina

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Theresa Hansen was born at St. Francis hospital Santa Barbara, California, August 4th 1932, the second child of Alfred and JoEllen Hansen. Theresa and her older brother, Joe, spent their early years in the small Danish town of Solvang nurtured by family and friends. They attended the Solvang school, swam in the Santa Ynez River and participated in the joys of an active small-town life.
Later, after the birth of two younger siblings, Jimmy and Vivian, the family moved to nearby Santa Barbara. Theresa attended Santa Barbara Catholic High, where she was much admired for her athletic ability (she was the star forward on the girl's basketball team) and appreciated for her kindness and wit. After graduation from SBCH in 1950, Theresa attended St. Joseph's College of Nursing in San Francisco and earned her RN degree. She worked as a surgical nurse at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara before accepting a fellowship at St. Louis University for Public Health Nursing. There she met Bob Farley, and they were married at Mission Santa Barbara. Military service brought their growing family to Cherry Point, North Carolina. Later they settled in Greensboro where Bob opened his medical practice, and Theresa focused on raising their seven children.
Faith and family were her priorities. Over the years Theresa engaged in causes that aligned with her beliefs, such as Right to Life, addiction support, macrobiotic nutrition, the lay persons Order of Carmelites, and advocacy for people with brain diseases classified as mental illnesses. After the death of her son Bobby, Theresa and members of the NC-Greensboro chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), founded Sanctuary House. Known for her courage, service and generosity of spirit, at the age of seventy, Theresa returned to work in nursing at The Servant Center.
She also enjoyed painting, skiing and tennis.
She was beloved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. She is predeceased by her brother Jim Hansen, son Bob Farley, Jr., and son-in-law Jim Fitzpatrick. She is survived by children Colleen Farley, Anne Fitzpatrick, Theresa Remmey and son-in-law Jimmy Remmey, Danny Farley and daughter in-law Mary Kate Farley, Mary Van der Linden and son-in-law Scott Van der Linden, and John Farley. Also, grandchildren Gretchen Hunter, James and Nick Remmey, Jack, Juliana and Danny Fitzpatrick, Gordon Farley, Josh, Claire and Eric Van der Linden, Joseph, Sean, Paul and Lance Farley.

Visitation at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel, 515 North Elm Street, will be on Sunday, January 21st from 3:00-5:00. Services on Monday, January 22nd will include prayer of the rosary at 9:30am followed by 10:00 Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Pius the Tenth Catholic Church, 2210 N Elm Street.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Sanctuary House, 518 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.