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“Both Jean and I mourn the passing of our Dorothy and Lester. We loved to neighbor with them, while we were Pastors at Red Cloud. We will miss them...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Pastor Al Trucano - Rushville, NE

“Our thoughts & prayers are with her daughter and family and Kendall. I worked with Dorothy for 17 yrs. and she was a delight to be with-have many...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: sue fintel - hastings, NE

“Sending our sympathy to the Hansen and Bliss families. Dorothy was a nice lady. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: BILL & KAREN ELLIOTT - NE

“We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Stan & Troi Ellis & family - NE

“Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. We had such a great visit with her at Keith's funeral. She was a wonderful loving person and always made...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Ron & Deanie Harris - Holstein, NE

“Sorry for your loss. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Gary and Kim Brubaker - Red Cloud, NE

“Sending our condolences and sharing your sorrow for Dorothy's passing. We are with you in spirit and send thoughts of loving kindness to all there. ...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Beverly Bliss Shultz - Middleton, WI

“Daisie and I are so sad that Dorothy has left us so soon She will now be with Lester. Also with her Lord Jesus. We will miss her very much. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Keith & Daisie Hartman - NE


Dorothy Irene Hansen was born September 24, 1931 to Fred and Irene "Drake" Bliss on a farm house south of Inavale, NE. She departed this life on Monday, February 03, 2014 at the Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud, NE at the age of 82 years. Dorothy attended a country school, District #70 from kindergarten through the 8th grade. Her high school years she attended Red Cloud High. Dorothy was an excellent student especially in English, writing, reading and art. Dorothy used her art talents (drawing and painting) most of her adult life. In addition, she became an exceptional seamstress and had a home sewing business for many years. Dorothy met her future husband, Lester Hansen during her junior year of high school. After graduation, she attended Hastings College and received her teaching certificate. She taught school while Lester enlisted in the United States Army for two years. After his return, they married on June 18, 1950. Dorothy became a full time farm wife and homemaker. A daughter Kyla Denise was born to the couple on June 2, 1951 and their son Kendall Dale was born on September 24, 1954 on his mother's birthday. Dorothy, in addition to being a full time homemaker and mother was a 4-H leader for her children's 4-H club for many years. After Kyla and Kendall grew up, Dorothy wanted to work outside her home. For almost 19 years she was tour guide for the Willa Cather Museum. She retired at the age of 65. In November of 1991 Lester and Dorothy moved off the farm and into Red Cloud. The couple did a little traveling, especially making visits to Cozad, NE to see their daughter and only grandson, Brian. As they grew older, both Lester and Dorothy were plagued with health problems. She took care of Lester at home for several years, but at the age of 81 Lester moved to Heritage of Red Cloud. Dorothy had a stroke in 2013 and she too went to live at Heritage until her death. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by her daughter Kyla Wilson and fiancé Doug Brooks of Kearney, NE; son Kendall Hansen of Red Cloud, NE; grandson Brian Wilson of Aurora, CO; brother Fred Bliss and wife Mary of Davis, CA; three nephews: Michael Bliss and wife Gina and their children: Michael, Christina and Amelia of Needham, MA; Allen Bliss and wife Kathleen and their boys: Charles and Elliot of Parkhurst, IL and Jordan Bliss of Verona, WI; George Campbell of Chicago, IL, Mara Campbell of Lake Zurich, IL; sister-in-law Florence Nelson of Lincoln, NE, many in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held this Friday 1:00 PM February 7, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Red Cloud, NE. Rev. Joel Rathbun will be officiating. Burial will be held in the Red Cloud Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at wmsfh.com. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association or United Methodist Church. Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud, NE is in charge of the arrangements. Williams Funeral Home Red Cloud Chapel 402 746 2500 williamsfuneralhomes@yahoo.com

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