Wynona Elaine (Jensen) Anderson (1924 - 2017)

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Funeral services for Wynona E. Anderson, 92, will conducted on Saturday, July 15, 2017, by Pastor Kathy Kluis at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. The family will meet with friends Saturday afternoon July 15, 2017 at 1 p.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters and great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Bill Anderson, Craig Weber, Kent Weber, Brad Weber, Dennis Ballou and Carey Ballou. Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon is entrusted with her care.
Wynona Elaine Anderson, the daughter of Laust F. and Dorthea (Steffensen) Jensen was born on Nov. 27, 1924, at her parents' home northeast of Audubon; and died July 11, 2017 at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 92 years, 7 months and 14 days. Wynona was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Audubon. She attended Viola Consolidated School and graduated with the class of 1942. Upon graduation, she worked for various families as a mother's helper as well as general housework duties. She also continued to help on the family farm.
On Jan. 12, 1945, she married H. Gene Anderson at Ventura, Calif. While Gene was in the Navy, she worked for several families in the Ventura area. Upon returning to Iowa, they farmed for two years in Shelby County. Then they moved to Viola Township in Audubon County for the remainder of their farming career. Wynona was a stay-at-home homemaker and assisted Gene with the farming duties while raising their four children: Dorothy, Diana, Peggy, and David. There was always a large garden to be tended, and the abundance of fruits and vegetables to be harvested and canned or frozen.
She was active with the country church, Mt. Zion Evangelical Church, which was near their farm. She had a beautiful singing voice; and was sought after to sing at special occasions and funerals.
Wynona was quite artistic in making quilts, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. She also loved word search puzzles and playing solitaire.
In 1974, Gene and Wynona gave up the farming life and moved into the city of Audubon, and joined the Methodist Church. Gene passed away in 2002 and Wynona maintained their home until her health required that she move to the Friendship Home in January of 2014.
Preceding her in death was her husband, H. Gene Anderson, her parents; her great-granddaughter, Abigail Knoop; her siblings Lillian and husband, Wayne Kopeska, Marvin and wife, Lucille (Anderson) Jensen; her parents-in-law, Martin and Margaret (Mendenhall) Anderson; her brothers and sisters-in-law; Oral and wife, Lorraine (Jensen) Anderson, Paul and wife, June (Olsen) Anderson, Merle Anderson; nephews Larry Anderson and Wayne Arthur Kopeska, and a niece Victoria (Anderson) Jamison.
Those who survive are her children, Dorothy Sloth, Diana (John) Ballou, all of Audubon; Peggy (Larry) Winegar of Runnells, and David "Hoss" Anderson of Adair. Her grandchildren: Donisha Cosby of Burns, Oregon, Tina Ballou, Paula (Phillip) Lehman, Emily Truitt (Toby Knoop) all of Des Moines, and Ashley (Eric) Lack of Bondurant, Bill (Morgan) Anderson of Exira, and Laura Anderson (Paul Knight) of Carroll; her great-grandchildren: Dakota Lehman, Zachary Truitt, and Cora Knoop all of Des Moines, and Owyn Lack of Bondurant. Also surviving are her sister Ardis and husband Dale Eiben of Corpus Christi, Texas; her sisters-in-law Valetta Jensen of Creston, and Joyce Anderson of Eudora, Kan.; along with a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.
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Audubon, IA 50025
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from July 14 to July 21, 2017