Phyllis Hanna, 32-year veteran performer with the country/gospel group Range Riders, died from recovery complications following surgeries for a dissected aorta.
She was a 79-year resident of California and a 35-year resident of Sky Valley.
She was born to Robert Cranford and Rosa Cranford on Sept. 11, 1934, and entered into eternal life at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the age of 79.
She married Jesse A. “Mann” Hanna Sept. 13, 1952, and they raised a family together.
A longtime resident of the desert community, Phyllis Hanna, with the Range Riders, performed for many local charities and noteworthy events including United Way of the Desert, the Palm Springs Historical Society, Martha’s Village and Kitchen, numerous church events and many others over three decades.
Range Riders represent many decades of musical history, beginning in the 1930s and ranging to the present day. But, for the past 32 years, the group has been sustained by the Hanna family, which has carried on the musical tradition over three decades. Phyllis was a dominant member of the group.
Phyllis Hanna performed across the U.S., sharing the stage with such artists as country star David Frizzell, Roy Clark, steel guitarist Al Petty, James Blackwood and the Blackwood Brothers, co-writer of the 1960s Del Shannon hit “Runaway” Max Crook, Vern Jackson and legendary gospel group the Weatherfords and others.
Another passion was her Christian ministry and missionary work, as well as her call to Native American Indians throughout the United States. Phyllis was of indigenous decent and felt a great draw toward this largely forgotten people. She will be remembered for her great faith and love.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosa Cranford, her father, Robert Cranford, and her husband, Jesse A. “Mann” Hanna.
She is survived by daughters Rosanell Hanna and Nokomis Hanna of Sky Valley; sons Jesse Hanna and David Hanna of Sky Valley; sister Rosemary Musick of South El Monte; brothers Monty Cranford of El Monte and Dennis Cranford of Apple Valley; sister Virginia “Kitty” Grijalva Stevensville of Montana; sister Diana Crane of Bascom, Fla.; and Tammy Marie Bailey of Sky Valley.
She is also survived by numerous people who loved her and called her mom.
A viewing and visitation are planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Wiefels Palm Springs Mortuary at 690 South Vella Road, Palm Springs, CA 92264. For directions, call (760) 327-1257.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wiefels Palm Springs Mortuary.
Interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518. A separate, private ceremony is planned for the family at a later date.