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Dorene Kay Hansen

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

December 22, 1954 - June 4, 2024

Dorene Kay Hansen Obituary

With a heavy heart we announce the passing of Dorene Kay Hansen. After an unexpected diagnosis of stage 4 cancer, she bravely battled the last five months, and passed peacefully at her home on June 4, 2024 surrounded by love and comfort.


After years of prayer, the Lord was able to use this time to open her eyes and heart to true salvation, and bring her into his perfect peace. Even through personal sadness, we know that God has perfectly healed her, and she now gets to live pain-free and we get to look forward to spending a wonderful eternity with her.


Dorene was born December 22, 1954, in Hinsdale, Illinois, the daughter of Aurelia Audrey Burian and Dexter Norman Hansen and resided in Westmont, Illinois her entire childhood.


Dorene was an amazing and popular young girl, Class President, a cheerleader. And smart… She was a straight A student with little effort. A favorite hobby of hers was art. Her mother challenged her by using their garage door as a blank canvas. Her favorite was a drawing of Charley Chaplin which was featured in the town paper. When her mother moved from her home, before the new owners moved in, someone actually stole the garage door.


In high school she was a member of The Athena Drill Team, an elite group of girls that performed at basketball and football games. It was very regimented and the wrong step or glance could cost you your position on the squad. She loved it and it gave her the fortitude that she would need in her adult life.


After high school, she worked and lived in a neighboring town from where she grew up and took evening classes at a local junior college. Shortly after she married and moved to Oklahoma.


During this time in her life, there were no shortage of challenges. She was a single mom raising two young kids alone, working two jobs to keep everything running, but in perfect Dorene style, she found a way. Her detailed color coordinated calendar looked like a Christmas tree that was planned to the minute each day. She left each morning before the sunrise and came home to make dinner, help with homework, run to practices, games, and activities. Her whole world was her children, and she made every effort to never miss an event that the kids were in. She was their LOUDEST cheerleader and best friend.


Dorene's devotion changed slightly when she became a "Bobo" for the first time in 2006 and then six more times through 2013. She now found herself making time for seven activities schedules instead of just two. She was always on the road between Tulsa and OKC to attend something and be a part of her grandchildren's lives, and she hated to miss anything. She was involved, to say the least, even the kids friends loved "Bobo". It was a common occurrence to find something on the porch that one of the kids needed for a school project the next day, or an overfilled bag stuffed with fun that the "Bobo Bunny" had left Easter morning.


Dorene excelled at being a mother, grandmother, coworker and friend. Her career started at OCCC in 1979 and she never left. Dorene had been on staff at OCCC for almost 45 years in the computer and IT department with her last role as Directory Systems Specialist. She contributed in many ways to the growth and success of the college over her tenure and could always be found with a smile on her face and a heart to help others or planning a party for the office.

In the early 90s she started working nights at Fox pools as a side job to help with bills and ended up staying for 30 years, and found life long friends. She touched and made a difference in so many, many lives of her co-workers, neighbors, and friends who know “the rest of Dorene’s story”, which we hope everyone will share in this website. We learn something special and heartwarming every day from them.


One last little known fact is that Dorene is an unpublished author. Over the course of several years she has written 13 sweet bedtime stories about a small mouse named Henry, often based on her and her grandchildren’s experiences and adventures. These stories were always looked forward to be each of them on Bobo nights. These stories will be self published as a keepsake for our family.


She is survived by her daughter Kristin Wilcox & husband Beck, their children Rain, Reef, Rush, and Rynly; her son Colin Campbell & wife Brooke and their children Kennedi, Kerrington, and Caden; her younger sister Beth Manning & husband Jim, and their daughter Ainsley; and her older sister Linda Worley and husband Les.

Bobo loved to pass on her selflessness and generosity to everyone she met, often doing unexpected acts of kindness for others in need. In honor of Dorene, bless someone in need the next time the opportunity arises, just as she would have.

Thank you all for being “friends of Dorene”, also known as Bo by her neighbors, and Bo-bo by her family.


Thank you for all the prayers, meals, cards, and fun memories you have shared. These stories and memories are so precious to us and will be treasured.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Dorene Kay Hansen hosted by Vondel Smith Mortuary.

With a heavy heart we announce the passing of Dorene Kay Hansen. After an unexpected diagnosis of stage 4 cancer, she bravely battled the last five months, and passed peacefully at her home on June 4, 2024 surrounded by love and comfort.


After years of prayer, the Lord was able to use this time to open her eyes and heart to true salvation, and bring her into his perfect peace. Even through personal sadness, we know that God has perfectly healed her, and she now gets to live pain-free and we get to look forward to spending a wonderful eternity with her.


Dorene was born December 22, 1954, in Hinsdale, Illinois, the daughter of Aurelia Audrey Burian and Dexter Norman Hansen and resided in Westmont, Illinois her entire childhood.


Dorene was an amazing and popular young girl, Class President, a cheerleader. And smart… She was a straight A student with little effort. A favorite hobby of hers was art. Her mother challenged her by using their garage door as a blank canvas. Her favorite was a drawing of Charley Chaplin which was featured in the town paper. When her mother moved from her home, before the new owners moved in, someone actually stole the garage door.


In high school she was a member of The Athena Drill Team, an elite group of girls that performed at basketball and football games. It was very regimented and the wrong step or glance could cost you your position on the squad. She loved it and it gave her the fortitude that she would need in her adult life.


After high school, she worked and lived in a neighboring town from where she grew up and took evening classes at a local junior college. Shortly after she married and moved to Oklahoma.


During this time in her life, there were no shortage of challenges. She was a single mom raising two young kids alone, working two jobs to keep everything running, but in perfect Dorene style, she found a way. Her detailed color coordinated calendar looked like a Christmas tree that was planned to the minute each day. She left each morning before the sunrise and came home to make dinner, help with homework, run to practices, games, and activities. Her whole world was her children, and she made every effort to never miss an event that the kids were in. She was their LOUDEST cheerleader and best friend.


Dorene's devotion changed slightly when she became a "Bobo" for the first time in 2006 and then six more times through 2013. She now found herself making time for seven activities schedules instead of just two. She was always on the road between Tulsa and OKC to attend something and be a part of her grandchildren's lives, and she hated to miss anything. She was involved, to say the least, even the kids friends loved "Bobo". It was a common occurrence to find something on the porch that one of the kids needed for a school project the next day, or an overfilled bag stuffed with fun that the "Bobo Bunny" had left Easter morning.


Dorene excelled at being a mother, grandmother, coworker and friend. Her career started at OCCC in 1979 and she never left. Dorene had been on staff at OCCC for almost 45 years in the computer and IT department with her last role as Directory Systems Specialist. She contributed in many ways to the growth and success of the college over her tenure and could always be found with a smile on her face and a heart to help others or planning a party for the office.

In the early 90s she started working nights at Fox pools as a side job to help with bills and ended up staying for 30 years, and found life long friends. She touched and made a difference in so many, many lives of her co-workers, neighbors, and friends who know “the rest of Dorene’s story”, which we hope everyone will share in this website. We learn something special and heartwarming every day from them.


One last little known fact is that Dorene is an unpublished author. Over the course of several years she has written 13 sweet bedtime stories about a small mouse named Henry, often based on her and her grandchildren’s experiences and adventures. These stories were always looked forward to be each of them on Bobo nights. These stories will be self published as a keepsake for our family.


She is survived by her daughter Kristin Wilcox & husband Beck, their children Rain, Reef, Rush, and Rynly; her son Colin Campbell & wife Brooke and their children Kennedi, Kerrington, and Caden; her younger sister Beth Manning & husband Jim, and their daughter Ainsley; and her older sister Linda Worley and husband Les.

Bobo loved to pass on her selflessness and generosity to everyone she met, often doing unexpected acts of kindness for others in need. In honor of Dorene, bless someone in need the next time the opportunity arises, just as she would have.

Thank you all for being “friends of Dorene”, also known as Bo by her neighbors, and Bo-bo by her family.


Thank you for all the prayers, meals, cards, and fun memories you have shared. These stories and memories are so precious to us and will be treasured.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Dorene Kay Hansen hosted by Vondel Smith Mortuary.

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