Kristen Danielle Hanks, 30 years old, from Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on July 25, 2022.
Kristen was born in Las Vegas on Oct. 4, 1991 to adoring parents, Joseph Darin Hanks and Tanya Marguerite Stough. She had the great opportunity to live with her grandparents, Joe and Janis Hanks from Skyline Mountain Resort, Fairview, where she was smothered with love and lifelong experiences. After retuning to Las Vegas, she continued to spend numerous summers and many holidays in Utah.
She graduated with honors from Del Sol High School in the Class of 2010 where she developed a love of volleyball. While still in high school, Kristen worked for the law firm of Craig P. Kenny (CPK) & Associates and continued working there while attending college. She had inspiring mentors who pushed her to be the best.
Although CPK’s ultimate goal was to have her graduate with a law degree, Kristen’s passion was in helping others through the medical field. She made the decision to fulfill her dream and graduated from college with her nursing degree in December of 2018. Kristen continued to play volleyball and kickball as an adult with friends.
Kristen began her nursing career at Sunset Ridge Surgery Center, where she brought her “A” game into the field. Bringing her bright smile, jokes, and overall quirky persona, she continued her journey and moved to Seven Hills Surgery Center while simultaneously working for Sunset Ridge in her spare time.
Kristen had just been promoted to charge nurse and was excited for the advancement. Kristen spread herself thin between work, friends and family. She had just began coaching preteen volleyball and strived to inspire the girls both on and off the court. She also volunteered every summer at Camp Independent Firefly, a camp for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Kristen was a silly, fun-loving soul who was always singing and dancing and bringing life to any gathering. She could recite any and every Disney movie/song. Becoming a friend of Kristen’s meant you had a new best friend. Every friendship was truly her best friend, as she loved all whole heartedly, without judgment.
Kristen was a leader and was known to keep her brothers in line. She made sure she stayed active in their daily lives, often giving advice or providing a shoulder with a compassionate ear. Kristen gave 100% in every aspect of her life and was a beautiful nurturing individual with tenacity. She brought so much joy to the world.
Kristen will be forever missed by her proud father, Joseph Darin Hanks; mother, Tanya Marguerite Deitrich; step-father Jeffrey Deitrich; brothers, Joshua, Zachary, Trey, Braiden and Alex; and step-sister, Breilynn,
Grandparents are Joseph Sterling Hanks (deceased) and Janis Hanks; Richard L. Stough II; Marilyn (Boyle) Winn and Dale Winn (deceased); and Elda Leavitt Millett and Therrol Millett.
Aunts are Sasha Stough and her children, Megan Stough, Erik Stough, Nicole and Nehidy and our lovely little Marilyn Rose Stough; and Liz Ginsberg (David).
Other aunts and uncles are Stephanie Hanks (Joli), Jeff Hanks, Allison Hanks Shel- ley (Rawlin), Sterling Hanks (Steve), Joseph Sterling Hanks, Jr. (Xiaoli), along with extended family members.
Kristen was greeted in heaven by her grandfather Joseph Sterling Hanks; and grandmother Marilyn (Boyle) Winn and grandfather Dale Winn.
May she rest in peace.
A public viewing and service will be held on Saturday Aug. 13, 2022 at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas. Visitation will be from 5:30-7 p.m., followed by a service from 7-8 p.m. The service will be available via live stream. Kristen Danielle Hanks’ final resting place will be in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, next to her loving Papa Joe on Aug. 16, 2022 at 11a.m.
Her celebration of life and tree dedication is tentatively set for Oct. 4, 2022 (her birthday) at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Details will follow at a later date.