Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, April 26, 2007
OBITUARY - VELMA FAYE (LEONARD) LIND HANSON
Velma Faye (LEONARD) LIND HANSON of Clearfield was born August 13, 1917 in her parentís farm home in Ringgold County,
Iowa. She graduated from Diagonal High School in 1936 and enjoyed celebrating her 70th class reunion last May with
Velma married Howard Vincent LIND of Harcourt, Iowa July 22, 1939 in Clearfield. They farmed near Clearfield, Iowa.
Four children were born to this union, Carolyn Kay, Marla Faye and twin sons, Morton and Martin, who died shortly
Velma was a hard working farmwife milking cows, planting a big garden, feeding the hogs, raising chickens, and
gathering eggs to help feed the family. Canning and freezing food and cooking for farmhands were part of her life as
a daughter, wife and mother. She belonged to a close-knit family including her husband, Howard, daughters Kay and
Marla, parents, Jennie (KOPP) and Ralph LEONARD, brother Donovan and wife, Rosemary and their children Juliane,
Jennie Jeanne, Linden, Lyle, Larry, Ricky and Ronny. They all worked together with special days in the summer of
cleaning chickens and freezing corn. She was famous for her potato salad and butterhorn rolls.
Velma enjoyed driving a bus for the Clearfield School for several years.
Howard LIND passed away in 1959. In 1962 Velma married Maurice Henning HANSON and moved to his farm east of
They enjoyed going to Texas for the winter for seventeen years. They also enjoyed camping and fishing with friends
Maurice and Velma spent Sunday nights playing bridge with Doc and Annabelle THOMSON and later with Doc and Mona.
Her children and grandchildren were the highlights of her life. Visits and phone calls from them brightened up her
Velma was a member of the Clearfield Methodist Church, a 50-year member of Eastern Star, Lionells, Entrenous Bridge
Club, and enjoyed bowling leagues at the Clearfield Bowling Alley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Jennie (KOPP) LEONARD; husbands Howard and Maurice, infant sons,
Martin and Morton; brother Donovan and wife Rosemary LEONARD; sisters and brothers-in-law Evelyn and Sonny BURGER,
Elna Mae and Bill RABBITT, Erma and Cliff WING, Marjorie and Bill REDMAN, Maxine and Lorence HANSON, Dorothy and
Paul BRUMMETT, and Arlene and Marvin ORME.
Velma is survived by daughters Carolyn Kay (husband John) THOMSON of Ames, and Marla Faye (husband Dale) BICKEL of
Clearfield; step-children, Sandra (husband Don) WHITMORE of Conroe, Texas and Randall (wife Carol) HANSON of Waukee,
IA; grandchildren Vincent Dale (wife Mary) BICKEL of Gordon, NE, Daniel Ulan (wife Cindy) THOMSON of Riley, KS,
Brenda Faye (husband Craig) WILLIS of Benton, IA, David John (wife Carmen) THOMSON of Council Bluffs, IA, Brian
(wife Robyn) BICKEL of Clearfield; step-grandchildren Brent (wife Teresa) WHITMORE of Fresco, TX, Jeff WHITEMORE of
New York, NY, Matthew (wife Laura) HANSON of Onolaska WI, Greg (wife Amy) HANSON of Seattle, WA; brother-in-law Dale
(wife Marietta) HANSON of Clarinda, IA; 19 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and special cousin Marjorie
PAYNE of Benton, IA.
Services were conducted at the United Methodist
Church in Clearfield on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Gery KAHLER officiating.
Organist was Patty
PARRISH and congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again."
Casket bearers were
Vince BICKEL, Dan THOMSON, David THOMSON, Brian BICKEL, Graig WILLIS, Matt HANSON, Gregg HANSON, Brent WHITMORE and
Velma was laid at rest in the Clearfield Cemetery in Clearfield.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home
handled the arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker