Erma passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at the Spencer Municipal Hospital.
Interment will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery of Ruthven.
Erma Carriebelle Hansen was born Sept. 29, 1910, in Audubon County at Coon Rapids, to Oliver B. and Opal E. (Prather) Carpenter. The Carpenter family moved to Milford, to farm when Erma was three years old. In 1915 they moved to a farm south of Ruthven and Erma began her schooling in a country school. After fifth grade she went to Ayrshire Consolidated School where she finished grade school and freshman year. Erma finished her high school grades at Ruthven High School graduating in 1928.
Following graduation Erma attended Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls. After completing this training she taught school three years in Logan Township and two years in Freeman Township in Clay County.
On Dec. 29, 1932, Erma was united in marriage to Rexford Hansen in Princeton, Mo. Rex and Erma began farming in Freeman Township near Dickens for one year, then two years in Sioux Township near Spencer. They then moved to Garfield Township near Webb where they resided for seven years. In 1945 Rex and Erma purchased their farm west of Ruthven moving in 1946. They farmed until 1969 but had moved into Ruthven in 1965.
Erma was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Ruthven. She was also very active in the Order of Eastern Star where she had served as an officer at the state level. Erma was also a member of the Bid or Bye Club, Federated Club and Pricilla Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rexford on July 25, 1995; a daughter, Donna Pierson; a sister, Leila Adams; and a brother, Gene Carpenter.
Erma is survived by a daughter, Karole Graen and her husband, Jack of Alta; a son-in-law, Dick Pierson of Spencer; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two great-great granchildren; and a brother, O.B. Carpenter, Jr. of California.
Arrangements are being handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home