Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our sister, Betty Rae Hansen McCormack, surviving spouse of the late Rev. Wendell Hansen, died on Monday, December 14, 2020.
Betty Rae was a faithful ministry companion as Rev. Hansen served the following California churches in our Conference: Aldersgate in Chico, Livingston, Hughson, and Sonora United Methodist churches until retiring in 1983.
Sister Betty Rae was a special education teacher and counselor in the public-school system. After her retirement from teaching, she became a news columnist and writer. In 1985 she won a Midwest Book award for, “To Cook a Squirrel; The Preacher’s Bride,” a novel she wrote based on lessons she learned as a young preacher’s wife.
Betty Rae was known for her community involvement. In 1972 she managed the Shirley Chisholm for President campaign in her local community. She was a wonderful musician and loved playing sacred music. She blessed the residents and staff of the assisted living home where she lived with her piano concerts. Following the death of her husband, Rev. Wendell Hansen in 2002, Betty Rae married William Donald McCormack. Unfortunately, he also died shortly thereafter.
She is survived by her children, Bruce Hansen of Portland, OR and Richard Hansen of Sacramento CA, by 6 grandchildren and by 8 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Roger Hansen in 2016. Condolences may be sent to Bruce Hansen at 18365 NW Odell Ct., Portland, OR 97229.
Gifts in memory of Betty Rae may be sent to Planned Parenthood at www.PlannedParenthood.org, or to the Stockton Food Bank at www.stocktonfoodbank.org.
Let us continue to give God thanks for Betty Rae’s life and witness and hold her family close in prayer. In our living and in our dying, we belong to God! (Romans 14:8)
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
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