Larnie Lewis Hansel was "like a warm blanket on a very cold morning," according to one of the many children she cared for at Larnie's Daycare Center in Jackson, Kentucky in the 1970s and 80s. In her later years she continued to inspire love in those who provided care to her. Larnie died peacefully on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Glendale Place Care Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, having spent her last days in the constant company of family and friends.
Larnie was born on October 14, 1932, in Yeaddiss, KY, in Leslie County. She met the love of her life, Charles Hansel, while attending Southland Bible Institute in Pike County. Larnie and Charles, a minister and professor, lived in Richmond, Irvine, Fleming-Neon, Barbourville, Hiner and Jackson, Kentucky, finally settling in Somerset after their children were grown. They moved to Cincinnati in 2006, shortly before Charles died.
Larnie was known for her abilities as a gardener, seamstress, crocheter, antique collector and cook. She was also an excellent writer, as her children discovered when they found her book of memoirs after her move to assisted living in 2015.
Larnie is survived by her three children, Renee Register and her husband Roger, Pauletta Hansel and her husband Owen Cramer, and John Hansel and his wife Judy; by granddaughter Marea Stamper and her husband, Vadim Sprikut, and step-grandchildren Zach and Sarah Cramer; by her "other daughters," cousin Gail Hughes and niece Linda Holtzclaw; and by her siblings Ben Lewis, Bea Bonner and Helen Partin and many nieces and nephews. Her family gives much thanks to Shenise Mincy and to all her caregivers over the years, including through Vitas, as well as to Harlan and Wanda Wilson, her final caregivers at Tucker, Yocum and Wilson Funeral Home.
A celebration of Larnie Hansel's life will be held on Sunday, January 14 at 2:00 pm at Tucker, Yocum, and Wilson Funeral Home, 320 West Main Street, Georgetown KY (502-863-1212; www.tuckeryocumwilson.com). All are welcome to share stories and memories from Larnie's life. Visitation begins at 1:00 pm. Remembrances may also be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association-Greater Cincinnati Chapter or to the Charles Hansel Annual Award Endowment at Union College in Barbourville KY
Published on January 10, 2018