Hannah Ann (Olson) Anderson, 78, of Jewell, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at the Israel Family Hospice House after a lengthy battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Harvest E-Free Church, Story City, on Friday, Aug. 25, at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will also take place at Harvest E-Free on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 5-7 p.m. In honoring Hannah Ann’s wishes, her body has been donated and burial of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Hannah Ann was born to Emelian (Bill) and Hattie (Henrickson) Olson on June 7, 1939, in Webster City. She grew up on a farm outside of Jewell, was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Jewell. She attended the Clear Lake #4 Country School, and graduated from Randall High School in 1957. She had a beautiful voice and sang in many school groups, contests, church choirs, weddings, funerals, etc. As her daughters grew up, the three of them sang at many Mother/Daughter Banquets and bridal showers. Although she was accepted to the Juilliard School of Music in New York, she chose to stay in Iowa and marry her high school sweetheart Richard Anderson on Oct. 4, 1958, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Jewell. Hannah Ann volunteered and served on many boards and organizations, in church as well as the community. She was an active member of the Gideon Auxiliary and loved her time spent with the jail ministry. Her most current passion was for the women of the Butterfly Freedom House, a home for women currently released from incarceration. She found great joy in helping people in their walk with the Lord, either leading a Bible Study or lending an ear and praying with or for someone.
Left to cherish her memory is her son, Todd (Lynn) Anderson, of Morresville, N.C.; her daughters, Sonja (David) Fisher, and Michele (Kenny) Spence, both of Story City; six grandsons, Corey (Sharon) Anderson, Christopher (Meghan) Anderson, Kyle (fiancé Peyton) Anderson, Jacob (Danielle) Fisher, Lucas Fisher and Adam Spence; one granddaughter, Mara Spence; two great-granddaughters, Sophia Anderson and Beatrix Fisher; one great-grandson, Mason Anderson; two brothers-in-law, Dennis (Sara) Anderson, of Carroll, and Darrell (Deb) Anderson, of Gilbert; two sisters-in-law, Betty Ann Elsberry, of Ames, and Sylvia Anderson, of Omaha, Neb.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her grandson Ryan Spence, her parents and one brother-in-law DeWayne Anderson.