Kathy Burk Hanson

December 8, 2016 GMT

Kathy Burk Hanson, 68, of Ames, died Friday Dec. 2, 2016, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

A gathering of friends and family was held 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care in Ames, with a celebration of life memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Fort Madison.

Kathy Ann Burk was born on June 29, 1948 in Burlington, the first daughter of William and Marguerite Burk.

She graduated from Fort Madison High School in 1966. She attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill. before coming to Iowa State University where she received a bachelor’s of science, master’s degree and finally her Ph.D. in 1993.

In 1982, Kathy married Scott Hanson, and this union was blessed with two beautiful children, Sarah and Jeffrey. The couple later divorced.

Kathy worked as a professor and researcher at Iowa State University for over 30 years before retiring in 2010. She was an active member at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, elder and most recently as president of trustees. She served in the PEO Chapter MI in Ames since 1969, and was its longtime president. Along with these activities,

Kathy enjoyed gardening, caring for her cats, cooking, hiking with her friends “the walkers,” reading with her book club and traveling; but any of her friends know her true passion was for her family, especially her granddaughters. Kathy’s selflessness and joyful spirit made her a wonderful mother and grandmother, and her sense of humor made her a wonderful friend. She held onto these precious qualities even in her final days.

Kathy is survived by her children, Sarah (Dustin) Adams of Bondurant and Jeff (Laura) Hanson of Grimes; two granddaughters, Lily and Layla Adams of Bondurant; brother, Denis (Vicki) Burk of Wever; and brother-in-law David Mortensen of Ely.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Nancy Mortensen.

Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcrematiooncare.com