DAYTON - The "Celebration of Life" service for Mary Ann Hanson 88, will be held at the Dayton United Methodist Church on August 23, 2012. The family will greet friends from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at the church, service at 11:00 a.m., and then a luncheon to follow in the fellowship hall in honor of Mary Ann. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is serving the Hanson Family.
Mary Ann was born in Davenport, Iowa on January 1, 1924, and she joyfully entered Heaven's gates on Sunday morning August 19, 2012. A wonderful wife, mother and homemaker, Mary Ann was an excellent cook, and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. It's been said, "That Mary Ann could put Betty Crocker to shame." Mary Ann also had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of the Dayton United Methodist Church for years, but cut her teeth in the Covenant Church in Harcourt where she was confirmed and baptized.
After graduating from Harcourt High School she was inspired by a propaganda poster, and enlisted in the Navy. She went to boot camp in New York, training in Maryland, and then was stationed in San Diego. Not long after D-Day, she by "coincidence" ran into Warren who also returned from his tour of duty in Europe (Army), and from that moment on they were inseparable. They were united in marriage on July 28, 1946, and then made their home in Dayton where Warren took over the family farm until their retirement in 1984. With a zeal for life, Mary Ann loved to take "mini-day-trips" with Warren, read, golf, play (win) at cards, and entertain friends and family. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many. When Mary Ann wasn't busy watching over her husband, and children she was also involved with The Eastern Star, American Legion Women's Auxiliary, United Methodist Women, and various Bible studies. Her signature gift of love was shown through her smile, laugh and twinkle in her baby blue eyes which will never be forgotten.
Blessed to have been married 66 years, Mary Ann is survived by her loving husband Warren, 91 and their 3 children: Douglas (Ramona) Hanson of Des Moines; Linda (Jack) Murphy of Jefferson and Pastor Glen (Janet) of Bondurant. She will also be truly missed by her 8 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 8 step-grandchildren. She is also survived by all 6 of her brothers and sister, 5 sister-in-laws and 1 brother-in-law, and multiple other friends and family. She is preceded in death by her parents Forrest and Ida Umsted.
Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial contribution may direct their gift to: Cross Point U.M.C. 117 5th St N.E. Bondurant, Iowa 50035 - %Pastor Glen Hanson or the Dayton United Methodist Church 107 3rd St N.W. Dayton, Iowa 50530
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. - Psalm 23:6