Patricia “Pat” Ann (Cree) Hanson

Patricia “Pat” Ann (Cree) Hanson, 75, died Monday, March 11, 2024, at Good Shepherd Health Care Center, Mason City, Iowa.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 15, at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake; with Pastor Linda Johnson-Prestholt officiating.  Inurnment will take place at a later date in Rock Grove Cemetery, Nora Springs, Iowa.

Visitation was held on Thursday, March 14, from 4-6 p.m., at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel; and continued one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to help fight Alzheimer’s Disease by donating in Pat’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association at and clicking the Donate link on the top right of the page.

Pat was born on May 10, 1948, to Theodore and Vivian (Putney) Cree in Mason City.

Pat graduated from Mason City High School in 1966, and went on to continue her education at North Iowa Area Community College to become a medical assistant. With her degree she began working at Master’s Chiropractic and later Americana Nursing Home. Pat worked at the Clear Lake Bakery for many years until she went on to work in manufacturing jobs until her retirement. 

In her free time, Pat enjoyed going to the roller rink where she spent time with her soon to be husband, Rodney Hanson. On May 7, 1969, Pat and Rodney were united in marriage; they were blessed with their daughter, Shannon. 

Pat and Rodney played in foosball and golf tournaments and enjoyed canoeing and camping. They would drive around the countryside spotting deer together. However, on her own time, Pat loved to tend to her plants and flowers, read her health books, bake pies, and attempt to make fudge! Pat’s main priority was always her family; she was a selfless, compassionate and loving mother and mentor.

Those left to cherish Pat’s memory are her daughter, Shannon Hanson and David Jackson; sister-in-law, Maxine Worsley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pat is preceded in death by her husband, Rodney Hanson; parents, Theo and Vivian Cree; siblings, Donnie (Bernice) Cree, Shirley Tanner, Dixie (Lloyd) Schaer and Max (Jeanne) Cree; her grand-dog, Bella; and her beloved dog, Boss.

Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, is in charge of arrangements.


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