SIKESTON -- Elma O. Hanna, 75, joined her Lord and Savior on Jan. 23, 2008, at her home in Sikeston. She had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.
She was born Aug. 27, 1932, in Etowah, Ark., to the late Delmus Clarence and Mary Young Overbey.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ponder Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Elma graduated from Sikeston Senior High School in 1952.
On June 18, 1952, she married the late Billy C. Hanna. She then began her life work raising her family of three boys that has now expanded to include seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Elma led her family's spiritual growth through example: community involvement that included teaching religious education at the United Methodist Church. She also volunteered at the church, assisting to publish the church newsletter as well as visitation of the local elderly in Sikeston.
Elma's life was devoted to loving her children.
She leaves a legacy of love and hope for the future through her children and spouses and their families: Rick and Janet Hanna of Jackson and David and Cynthia Hanna of Cincinnati. Other survivors include her seven grandchildren, Nicholas Hanna, Emily Hanna, Jacob Hanna, Ryan Pugh, Craig Salmonson (Hattie), Mitchell Salmonson (Samantha), and Collin Salmonson, as well as one great-grandchild, Shelby Pugh.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy C. Hanna, who died May 12, 1988. She was also preceded in death by her two sisters, four brothers and one son, Chuck Hanna, on July 24, 1998.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
theSoutheast Missouri Hospice 10 Doctors' Park Cape Girardeau, MO 63703