Ellen Hanson

Ellen Hanson


Ellen L. Hanson, 93, of Fayette, formerly of Waterloo, died Monday, June 1, 2020, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

  She was born January 14, 1927, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Benjamin and Edna Harder Douglas. She graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1945, from Gates Business College in 1947, and then Moody Bible Institute in 1955. Ellen married William "Bill" M. Hanson on October 28, 1955, in Waterloo at the Walnut Street Baptist Church; he died December 7, 2009.

  She had worked as a secretary at John Deere and at Chamberlain Manufacturing until being an integral stay-at-home mom. Ellen enjoyed singing in the choir at church. She also enjoyed teaching Sunday school and developing curriculum. Ellen enjoyed spending her time reading mysteries, canning fruit from her orchard and baking apple pies, embroidery, quilt piecing, gardening, and crossword puzzles. She was the foundation of her family and was a faithful and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

  She is survived by three sons, David (Cheryl) Hanson of Fayette‚ Paul (Nadeen) Hanson of Yorktown‚ VA, and Stephen (Maria) Hanson of Ponte Vedra‚ FL; eight grandchildren, Mark (Mandy) Hanson, James and Eric Hanson, Drew Hanson, Kirsten (Tom) Hawkins, Karl Hanson, and Abby and Jenny Hanson; three great-grandchildren, Maverick, Jaxon and Lincoln; and a sister-in-law, Priscilla Douglas of Mentor, OH. 

Her parents; her husband; and a brother, Edward Douglas, precede Ellen in death.

  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a private family graveside service at Memorial Park Cemetery in Waterloo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Evangelical Free Church of Oelwein, 225 20th St SE, Oelwein, IA 50662. Condolences may be left at LockeFuneralHome.com.


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