Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at First Lutheran Church in Rugby for Alma (Greene) Hanbury, 100, Frazee, Minn., who died Monday, Sept. 16 at the Frazee Care Center.
Burial was in Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby.
Alma was born November 4, 1912 on a homestead near Drake, the daughter of Harrison P. and Minnie (Pratt) Greene. She was the fourth of 14 children. At two years of age, she and her family moved to Hatton, Saskatchewan, where they farmed for eight years. They returned to North Dakota in 1922 and farmed near Balta. She received her education in Canada, Balta and Rugby. On April 12, 1932 she was united in marriage to Gustave “Gus” Hanbury at the Methodist Church parsonage in Rugby. Shortly after their marriage, they went into the restaurant business, owning and operating the Ideal Cafe and the Sandwich Shop. In 1946, they purchased a farm northeast of Rugby, and they farmed for 12 years. Then they decided to go back into the restaurant business, operating the Hanbury Cafe in Rugby until their retirement in 1975. Alma lived in Rugby until 2003, when she moved to the Frazee Assisted Living Center to be closer to family.
Alma was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Rugby, where she was involved with the prayer chain, Ladies Aid, Women’s Circle, and served as a Deaconess. She was involved with Women’s Aglow Fellowship, and was also a member of Restoration Ministries.
She is survived by her children, Sharon Howe, Frazee, Minn.; Susan Mueller, Paris, Texas; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Avis Dokken, Billings, Mont.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; granddaughter, Carrie Howe; brothers, Harrison Jr. and Vernon Greene; sisters, Meryle Massong, Garnet Holm, Alice Miller, Gladys Johnson, Patricia Van Sweringen, Ellen Tuff, Jane Austin, Leith Voeller, Fae Jankowski, and infant sister Betty; and her parents.
Pastor Mike Pretzer officiated.
Casketbearers were Steve Howe, Neil Howe, Ryan Mueller, Joel Mueller, Phillip Brinegar, and William Schwindt. Honorary bearers were Maddie & Ben Schwindt, Chelsea & Courtney Howe, Peyton & Torin Howe, and Gabriel & Lucas Mueller.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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