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Duane and Betty (Wencel) Ready are celebrating 60 years of marriage! Duane and Betty met as students at Campion Academy, where they dated for two years, then graduated with the class of 1952. They attended Union College for a year, then were married on June 28,1953, in the Boulder Seventh-day Adventist Church. After later moving to the Denver area, their first child, daughter, Barbara, was born. Three more daughters were born in subsequent years, Cheryl, Wanda, and Donna. Their family now includes three sons-in-law, five grandchildren, and a first great-grandchild expected in August: Barbara and Jerry Wall, with children, Jeremy and wife, Lindsey, Brittany McLachlan and husband, Matthew; Cheryl and Reggie Bland, with sons, Travis and Nathan; Wanda Ready; Donna and Don Reeder, with daughter Jessica.
Duane worked as a ceramic tile setter for 45 years, before retiring from that profession, but continuing to work as a handyman. Betty worked as a secretary and bookkeeper, first at the Arvada SDA School, then later for a CPA, where she worked for 24 years. She currently works part-time for her daughter, Cheryl. They purchased their first home in Commerce City, then bought their next home in Arvada, CO, now “home” for 51 years! In 1979 they purchased a few acres south of Leadville. Construction of a cabin was initiated the following summer, and evolved over several years. It is a favorite place for Duane and Betty to spend time, along with family and friends.
In the first 25-30 years of marriage and raising a family, they loved to camp, fish, go four-wheeling, and ride trail bikes in the Rocky Mountains, camping first in a tent, then in a trailer. Many miles were accumulated, with longer trips to Canada and Alaska. When they reached “empty nest” status, they continued their travels–favorite trips have included Hawaii, California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and Arkansas, to name a few. Some trips have been to visit or travel with family and friends, others have been events such as graduations and Relay for Life, but many simply for sight-seeing and relaxation. In 2009, they traveled to Corozal, Belize, on a 10-day Campion Academy mission trip with granddaughter, Jessica, assisting in the construction of the Sabbath School rooms for the Corozal Church.
Favorite hobbies for Duane are hunting, fishing, and woodworking. Betty enjoys photo albums, crocheting, cross-stitch, and her flowers and garden. Natives of Colorado, Duane grew up in Cedaredge, moving to Denver, in 1940; Betty grew up in Hygiene. During their academy years, Duane was baptized in the Loveland SDA Church, and Betty in the Greeley SDA Church. They transferred their memberships to Denver Central SDA church in downtown Denver in 1954. They served the church for many years, Duane as a deacon and Pathfinder leader, Betty as deaconess, clerk, and Sabbath School teacher/leader. When the church moved from downtown to its current location, they moved, too, continuing as members with Denver First SDA Church. Duane installed ceramic tile in the main church building, and youth building and chapel. Renamed as LifeSource Adventist Fellowship, they continue as long-time members of the church, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary there with family and friends in June of 2003.
Congratulations, Duane and Betty!
Duane and Betty 2013
Married in 1953
Duane and Betty at the Leadville cabin
The “Ready” Family
Lois LaVonne Hanson (1917-2013)
Lois Hanson, born Lois LaVonne Anderson on February 24, 1917 in Shelby County, Iowa, spent her childhood on a farm outside Elk Horn, Iowa, except for brief times in Hutchinson, Minnesota and Nevada, Iowa where her father served as farm manager. After graduating from Elk Horn High School, she attended Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. She passed away at the age of 96 on Dec 20, 2013 in LaFollette, Tennessee. She was a member of the LaFollette Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Lois’s life centered on God, family and the farming community where she lived. She married her childhood sweetheart, Harrison Hanson, on July 26, 1941 and settled into married life on a farm near Exira, Iowa, living there until they retired in 1973 when they moved into Kimballton, a small town nearby.
She delighted in her role as farm wife and mother of three. She had a lifelong love of music, playing the piano and organ in her local church. Her other love was china painting—teaching classes and becoming a member of International Porcelain Artists and Teachers. Her work was displayed in their museum in Grapevine, Texas. She was also featured in an article written by her appreciative students in the May 1985 issue of The China Decorator magazine.
Her husband Harrison preceded her in death in 2006. She is survived by her three children: Judith Tate of LaFollette, Tennessee; Janice Anderson of Oak Harbor, Washington; and Gaylord Hanson of Toddville, Iowa; five grandchildren: Christina Magboo of Rossville, Georgia; Jonathan Tate of Atlanta, Georgia; Katherine Anderson of Seattle, Washington; Gaylen Hanson and Jody Hanson of Toddville, Iowa; and two great-grandchildren: Kathryn and Christian Magboo of Rossville, Georgia.
Genevieve Dickerson, 94, of Collegedale, Tennessee, died June 23, 2013.
Born July 31, 1918, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, Genevieve was the 5th child in a family of 11. She graduated from Enterprise Academy in Manhattan then spent her life working for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, first as a Bible worker in Kansas. Later she taught elementary school for four years. She served as girls’ dean at Enterprise Academy. Four years later, she was called to Campion Academy where she was the dean for four years. She became the assistant dean of women at Union College in 1957 a position she held for 17 years. While at Union she finished her degree and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion.
Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Nina Bell Dickerson; her brothers, Morel, Amos, Melzer, Richard and Melvin; and three sister, Esther Allen, Edith Swartz, and Lucille Turk. She is survived by her sister, Eva Nordgren; brother, Robert Dickerson and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Union College, 3800 South 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506.
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