SALT LAKE CITY — The wife of the president of the LDS Church’s Utah Salt Lake City Mission died unexpectedly Wednesday after she collapsed at the mission home.
Carol Vaughn Curran Hansen, wife of President Stephen W. Hansen, was 69. She was in excellent health and actively serving as she fulfilled a lifelong dream of serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“It’s surreal,” said her oldest child, Ken Hansen of Cedar Hills, Utah. “This was completely sudden.”
“She loved her mission,” he added. “She loved the missionaries. She loved serving here, so close to the heart of the church. She had not served a mission as a young woman and she had always wanted to serve and was thrilled to be doing so alongside my dad.”
A statement released by the church described her passing as quiet, and Ken Hansen confirmed that it was peaceful and without trauma.
The church expressed condolences.
“President and Sister Hansen have served together as he has presided over the Salt Lake City Mission since July of 2013,” church spokesman Eric Hawkins said. “They are deeply loved by their family, church leaders and their missionaries. We pray for each of them at this difficult time and extend our love to President Hansen and his family.”
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