When I announced the winner of the JC Photography free photo shoot I was so excited that it was going to Alice. I had never met her but her cute voice came through in her comments of why she wanted to win. She was about to give birth to a cute little smooshy baby and would want pictures of said smoosh. My heart hurt today when I learned that Alice had passed away after complications after giving birth to her sweet little baby girl. I cried and cried thinking about this precious little spirit that would never know what her mommy went through for her here on this Earth. I share Alice and her families faith in knowing that they will meet and love each other as mother and daughter on the other side of this life but for now Alice has been called to other work. I wanted to express my sincere condolences to her family and friends. I have been given permission by her husband to share a little bit about Alice and to post information about the Alice Hansen Family Fund. It is a fund to help cover expenses of funeral, medical bills and the cost of raising a young family without a mommy. This is what her beautiful obituary said:

"Alice was born August 22, 1978 in Winter Park, Florida, the eldest child of Gary and Davideen Demske. She grew up in Coppell, Texas and studied piano performance in London, UK at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music where she received a Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, and Graduate Performance degree, respectively. She married her sweetheart Kurt Charles Hansen in the Mount Timpanogos LDS temple on January 2, 2007. She finished her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2008 while pregnant with their first child.
She is survived by her husband Kurt, and three beautiful children: Kurt Charles Hansen Jr. ("Charlie"), 3; Edward Gary Hansen, 1; and Frances Pauline Hansen, 1 week. She is also survived by her parents, a sister Hilary, a brother Arthur, and many relatives and friends, all of whom loved and admired her very much.
Although Alice had many extraordinary musical accomplishments, she was first and foremost a devoted wife and full-time mother. She loved families and sang the hymn "Families Can Be Together Forever" every night to her little boys. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, always serving devotedly in her callings. She was filled with pure love for everyone she knew, and was passionate about their joy and success more than her own. She always wanted to do the right thing in whatever she did. She loved to read, be with her family, and to spend time and go on walks with her husband."

Dr. Alice Hansen was also an active and accomplished international performer and teacher. Alice held a Doctorate
of Musical Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she held the Gladys Casford
Memorial Scholarship. She also held a Master's degree from the Royal College of Music in London and a
Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London. While attending the Royal Academy
she was awarded the Eric Brough Prize and a special distinction from the principal, the Elsie Horne Prize.
Dr. Hansen's principal teachers included Samuel Wong, Bryce Morrison, Martin Roscoe, Gordon
Fergus-Thompson, and Dr. Robert Weirich. Dr. Hansen's performing accomplishments included winning the Ribble Valley International Piano Competition, the Jacques Samuel International Piano Competition (RAM), participating in the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, and a recent concert tour of Wales in the United Kingdom. She was talented and accomplished to say the LEAST!!! My heart feels so heavy for her family for such a great loss. Jenelle and I still felt that her family should have a photo shoot to celebrate family and these beautiful faces. Here are some shots of this special family.
 Such a precious sweet baby girl!
 Look at that big man =).
 An eternal family is a happy one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
What a sweet little face.

I know that we can stand together and show our support in any way we can. If we cannot donate, we can pray, if we do not believe in that then we can send our strength to her little family with good thoughts and deeds toward others. If you can donate please visit this site. And if you have little ones (or big ones) of your own give them a big hug and kiss and tell them how much you love them and how grateful you are to be in their lives. I've been giving mine extras everyday, I can't seem to stop sometimes. To learn more about what I and Alice's family believes in as far as life after death click here and never be afraid to ask me anything. We love you Hansen family!!!



SD92 said...

Wow. I only just stumbled on your blog, and my heart is breaking for the family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. I can not imagine what they are going through! What a beautiful blog post you put up though.
xx Samantha

Tara B said...

Jen, I have been hearing about Alice and her little family because they are relatives of some close family friends. The story has just made me so sad. I am so happy to see that you were generous enough to do a photo shoot for them - something that will be a timeless treasure and memory of their time with their mama. Thank you for that, and lovely to meet you on Monday. I linked to your website from my post on Jessica's bridals. See you soon:)