Memorial services for Ellen Binder, 88, of Mesa, Ariz., will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Chuck Kellogg will officiate the service.
Visitation will be prior to the service.
Mrs. Binder passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa.
She was born to John and Bessie Beals in Ottawa County, Kansas on April 30, 1924. Ellen led a very happy, active life filled with family, friends, and many activities such as painting, sewing for her family, her church and ballroom dancing.
In 1944, she married her neighbor boy, Leslie J. Binder and they were lucky to have celebrated over 50 years together working their farms in Iowa and raising their three daughters: Mary C. Peterson (Gary), of Trenton, Mo., Patricia E. Sunde (Jim) of Cherokee, Ia., and Joni L. Hodapp (Roger) of Osage Beach, Mo. Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie; a granddaughter, Sarah Peterson; a son-in-law, Gary Peterson; her parents, John and Bessie Beals; her brother, Wayne Beals (Allowee); and all three sisters: Wilma Trott (David), Dorothy Gray (Roland), and Doris Holman (Ted); and all of their respective spouses.
Ellen loved her three daughters and her six grandchildren: Julie Klages (Jim), David Peterson (Stacey), Cory Hodapp (Sarah), Garrett Peterson, Katy Travis (Brooks), and Jillian Brown (Chad); and her 12 great-grandchildren: Katie and Braley Peterson, James and Jeric Klages, Sailor Van Loo, Rocco and Vince Hodapp, and Teague and Brett Travis, and Calvin, Amelia and Hayden Brown.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.