Lois “Jeanne” Rees Danks


Our beloved mother and grandmother has gone to join Dad today.

Lois “Jeanne” Rees Danks was a tough, no-bullshit rancher’s daughter. She was a very giving and honest woman. She was never afraid to tell you how she felt. She loved ranching and cows. She was a fantastic quilter, crocheter and knitter.

She served as a volunteer EMT for more than 10 years. She was born on Jan. 15, 1947, in Coalville, Utah. She was raised on the D Bar Ranch in Woodruff, Utah. She graduated high school in 1965 at South Rich High. She graduated from Utah State University in 1970 and received her Bachelor of Science degree. This is where she met Shorty Danks in 1968, and they married in 1969.

She received the John H. Henry award for the most outstanding volunteer EMT in Utah — an award only given to one individual per year  — in 1986.

She enjoyed ranching and riding, either punching cows or helping put up hay for many ranchers up and down the Bear River.

She had two children, Jeanne Ann and Sud. She spent many a mile hauling them to swim lessons, drill team competitions or football games.

But her grandchildren were the tops. Amber, Tori, Emily, Linsey, Johnathan and Matthew. She loved spoiling kids.

She and Dad moved to Kentucky in 1994 to run their beef cattle operation. She was very proud of their cows and was very attentive to their needs.

The love of her life, Shorty, preceded her in death in 2016, and she struggled with the loss until her passing.

She is survived by her eldest sister, Judy, of Salt Lake City; her kids, Jeanne Ann Carver (William) and Sud (Tracey); six grandchildren, Amber Hibbert, Tori Trujillo, Emily Danks, Linsey Long, Johnathan Long and Matthew Long; along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life service for Jeanne Danks to be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at the family home and farm. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Kentucky or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Summers, Kirby and Sanders Funeral Home.

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