Ila Mae Heggen
1936 - 2017
Hamilton's Funeral Home
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Ila Mae Heggen

West Des Moines

It is with great sadness we announce that our mom, Ila Mae Heggen, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Mom touched so many lives and was a very special person. She was so full of life and enjoyed it to the fullest. One of her greatest joys was time with her family and friends as well as her volunteer work at Lutheran Hospital and its "Not New Shop." She always enjoyed learning something new and played bridge, cribbage, and most recently was learning to play pool and miniature golf.

Ila Mae was born on January 24, 1936, to Harlan and Eva Stuart. She was the youngest of four and full of spunk, which helped her navigate through life. In 1956, Ila Mae married Ronald Heggen and the couple embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. They traveled the US and the world, depending on where the Air Force stationed Ron. Along the way, they had five boys who could be very rambunctious at times. But being mom, she always had a way of keeping them in line, while being supportive and proud of whom they would become.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ronald Heggen; sister, Wilma Weise; and her granddaughter, Mercedes Marie Heggen. Ila Mae is survived by her sister, Dorothy (Jim) Rose; brother, Roy Stuart; sisters-in-law, Marlavonne (Herb) Butler and Mary Jane Heggen; and her five boys, Scott, Robert (Lori), Rodney, Russell (Diana), and Richard (Carrie) Heggen; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Mom was our rock, our inspiration, and the reason we are who we are today. She will be greatly missed. We will celebrate her life on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, IA.

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Published by the Des Moines Register on Jun. 8, 2017.
Celebration of Life
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I knew your Mom from the Bridge House. She was delightful and so caring. I will miss her.

Kathi Kellen
June 13, 2017
We were so sorry to learn of the death of your dear mother. She was a fun lady to be with as we traveled the United States to Garden Club Conventions...always beautiful and with a smile on her face.
June 11, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Ila Mae was a very sweet and loving woman and will be greatly missed. She always had a smile and hug for us. Enjoyed the time spent with the Hadley's at the many Thanksgivings growing up. Praying for you all during this difficult time.

I am so sorry we could not be there as I just found out about her passing yesterday.
Kris (Weis) Hennings
Wilma's step daughter
Kris Hennings
June 10, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ila Mae was a very sweet lady and we had many nice conversations. My sympathies are with you and your families.

I worked with your father at the garden club and therefore knew your Mother, also. They both were very special people. They both are missed.
Sheryl Bacon
June 8, 2017
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