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Dorothy Ann Hanson, age 71, of Elburn, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014. Surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Dorothy fought hard with courage and dignity, even as the cancer slowly took its toll. Although it broke her body, it never diminished her spirit and she now claims the promise of her Savior and will be truly home for Christmas. She was born January 13, 1943, in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Clyde and Bessie (Sandberg) Baldridge. Dorothy grew up on Jericho Rd. in Aurora and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1961 from Kaneland High School. Dorothy had a heart for family and was destined to have one of her own. It only took the right man to come along, and Bill Hanson couldn’t have fit the bill more perfectly. They were united in marriage on February 6, 1965, at S. S. Peter and Paul Church in Virgil. Eventually they moved to Elburn and into their newly built home in 1971. Although the family began with their son William, it wasn’t complete until their daughter Sally was born a year later. Dorothy made being a homemaker to a whole new level, and was proud of the accomplishments she achieved while being a founding member of the Country Cousins Homemakers group and recipient of the Woman of the Year award in 1998 through the Kane County Homemakers Education Association. She would also later become the HEA President. Her cooking, gardening and interior design skills were second to none. Eventually those attributes lead Dorothy to open her own floral shop in Elburn.Dorothy\\\’s Flowers specialized in weddings and special occasions. Dorothy also served on the Elburn Library Board, the Elburn Community Center, was a 4-H Advisor and Cub Scout den mother. Dorothy loved to make her home sparkle with thoughtful decorating and then fill it with love, memories, and the delicious smells from her kitchen. The cumulative effect was uniquely hers and brought on an overwhelming feeling of home to anyone who entered. Her flower and vegetable garden were picture perfect and the envy of others. Dorothy loved to bring together friends and family for any occasion, though her birthday parties and Halloween bon fires were the events of the season. Dorothy will surely be missed but never forgotten. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Bill Hanson, Two children: William "Willie" (Michele) Hanson and Sally Hanson;Four grandchildren: Juliann, Ashley, Jared and Sarah;Six siblings:Al (Diane) Baldridge, Betty (Phil) Koukol, Charles (Linda) Baldridge, Ernest (Martha) Baldridge, Fred Baldridge and Gay (David) Lewis;Many nieces, nephews and countryside full of friends;She is preceded in death by her parents and her godmother, Clara Stonecipher. Visitation will be from 9a.m.-12:30p.m., with a funeral service to follow at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Rd., Lily Lake, IL. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at Jericho Cemetery, Sugar Grove, IL. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dorothy’s name. Checks may be made to the Dorothy Hanson Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.
Visitation will be from 9a.m.-12:30p.m., with a funeral service to follow at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Rd., Lily Lake, IL. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at Jericho Cemetery, Sugar Grove, IL.