Nancy Jean English Hansen, age 83, of Diamond Springs, passed away on May 30th after a year-long battle with breast cancer. Nancy was born on October 8th, 1937, in Alameda, California. She grew up in Alameda as an only child, but was surrounded by a large extended family. After graduating from San Jose State with a teaching credential, Nancy taught for several years in the Bay Area, In 1961, Nancy was set up on an "ambush" blind date/dinner party by family friends, George and Frances Brackett. She was seated next to Richard Hansen, a fisheries' biologist. They hit it off and to the surprise of everyone, they were engaged in less than a month. Nancy always said it was Frances' famous flank steak that brought them together, and this flank steak became a Hansen family favorite for birthdays and other celebrations. The recipe is below for anyone who wants to try this magical dish. After Nancy and Dick were married in 1962, they moved to Redding, California. Daughter Julie was born in 1968 and son Kris in 1971. The family moved to Diamond Springs in 1972. After getting a masters in Library Science, Nancy worked as a school librarian for the Mother Lode School District for 14 years. Her favorite part of her job was finding just the right book for students. After her retirement, Nancy and Dick traveled the world, visiting Iceland, Norway, and Antarctica. Nancy was actively involved in many AAUW groups, and volunteered with Toys for Tots and the Marshall Hospital Health Library. She enjoyed parties, books, wine tasting, gardening, and talking to people, even customer service representatives. Her favorite pastime, though, was painting landscape scenes from both places she lived, and places she visited. Nancy was happiest spending time with both her immediate and extended family, and her many friends. Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Captain Earl and Nadine English. She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Dick Hansen, as well as her daughter, Julie Carruth (Rich) of Cameron Park and son, Kris Hansen (Kim) of Littleton, CO, and by her grandchildren, Tyler Hansen of Littleton, Colorado, and Kathryn Carruth and Ryan Carruth of Cameron Park. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Snowline Hospice or to the American River Conservancy. In memory of Nancy, we ask that you read your favorite picture book, make some flank steak, and raise a glass of wine to her. Flank Steak Marinade 1 finely chopped green onion 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar 3 Tbsp honey 1 1/2 tsp. each of garlic powder and ginger Blend all ingredients in a blender, pour over flank steak, marinate for at least four hours, and then grill.