Laura Jane Hansen, 50, of Las Vegas, Nev., lost her battle with depression on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Services: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Teahen Funeral Home by Deacon John Winkel. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Laura is survived by her parents, Raymond and Linda Barth Whittle; brother, Jeffrey (Donna) Whittle of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Anna (Jim) Whittle Jeffries of Washington and Mary Dickinson of Cedar Rapids; five nieces, Sandy, Andrea, Valerie, Alycia and Catrina; two great-nieces, Shyla and Meridea; four great-nephews, Josh, Layden, Ethan, and De Shawn; and a very special friend, James Manning.
She was preceded in death by her son, Luke John Whittle; grandparents, Marcella and Floyd Barth and Al and Alice Whittle; brother, Peter; and her beloved dogs Simon and Sadie.
Laura was born Nov. 30, 1967, in Cedar Rapids, and grew up with her family on a small farm in Fairfax, where she was surrounded by animals, which she loved so much. She had cats, dogs, cows, chickens, pigs and other farm animals, but above all she loved horses. This is a love that she carried with her throughout her life.
Laura attended Cedar Rapids private parochial schools through the 10th grade and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1985. Upon graduation, Laura was anxious to see the world and joined the Navy, where she happily served her country from 1986 to 1991. After her discharge, she spent a month with her family, then headed to the bright lights and warm temperatures of Las Vegas. When she arrived, she was immediately hired by the Flamingo Hilton, where she worked for 26 years. Laura met her future husband, Kelly Hansen, who was ironically from Iowa, in Las Vegas, and they were married in Cedar Rapids. They later divorced, but remained friends.
Laura considered many of her coworkers family and her customers lasting friends and they were devastated by her passing.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences can be left at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.