Ellen L. Hanson

Jun 1, 2020
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a private family graveside service at Memorial Park Cemetery in Waterloo.



Memorial Park Cemetery


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Evangelical Free Church of Oelwein, 225 20th St SE, Oelwein, IA 50662.


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.

Ellen is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Edward Douglas.

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  1. Lynnette and Greg Harter | Jun 07, 2020
    Ellen and Bill were our next door neighbors for almost 20 years.  Ellen was the first to welcome us to the neighborhood with a homemade cake.  We have great memories of seeing her outside gardening wearing a big straw hat.  She always had an easy smile and laugh!
  2. Tom Turner | Jun 07, 2020
    I remember your Mom in Sunday School and seeming to always be positive. She was a faithful lover of God and arsent worshipper. She raised sone good kids. I am sure ahe is loving being jn heaven and reunited wirh her husband Bill. 
  3. Elvin and Sue (Krueger) Meller | Jun 05, 2020
    So sorry to hear of your loss, but rejoicing with you as you celebrate her promotion to Glory.  She was a special lady who loved the Lord and lived for Him.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.
  4. Daneen Campbell | Jun 04, 2020

    Dear family, we are saddened that you have sustained the loss of your dear mother, but we rejoice with you that she is now Home with her Savior. What a glorious reunion we will enjoy on "that day"! We pray for the Savior's arms of peace to enfold you and give comfort. Ellen was a dear lady and her quiet demeanor was a bit deceiving. She had a wonderful grasp of the Word of God and how to apply the principles written there. She was such an encouragement to me as a young mother!

    So many good memories!

    Gary and Daneen Campbell

    Loganville GA

  5. Paula Dyball | Jun 03, 2020
    so many precious memories of your dear  mom.  I loved  to watch her sing in church! We always sat right behind your parents. She would know all the words  to all the verses without using the hymnbook. It always amazed me!  Paula (Reiter) Dyball. Glad shes with our Savior!
  6. Sharon Bennink | Jun 03, 2020
    I am truly sorry for your loss.  Your family will be in my prayers during this difficult time.  Your friend from Walnut Ridge Baptist church and Academy.

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