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Letty Hethcote

Red Oak

Letty Hansen Hethcote, 96, of Red Oak, formerly of Creston, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Red Oak Rehab in Red Oak.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, 809 W. Montgomery St., in Creston with Pastor Mary O’Riley officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery in Creston. Open visitation with family receiving friends will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Creston Animal Rescue Effort. Memories can be shared at

Oletta Ruth Wilson was born Dec. 13, 1922, to Agustus and Sudie (Talent) Wilson in Boliver, Missouri, and moved to Nevinville as a child. Letty lived most of her adult life in Creston, and moved to Red Oak in 2001 to live near her four daughters.

Letty worked many years as a checker at the Creston Hy-Vee, and always stated her greatest honor was being voted “most favorite checker” at that store. Letty had many wonderful friends, as she “never knew a stranger.” Her greatest love was her family and her pets, who never left her side. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Letty was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Hans (Ken) Hansen and Francis (Bud) Hethcote; sons, Richard D. and Dennis D. Hansen; daughter Lana M. Fort; grandsons, Zach Hansen, Shane Adkisson and Curtis Downey Beavers; son-in-law Ted Shatava; and four brothers.

Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters, Pat Shatava of Clarinda, Cindy (Larry) Rea of Red Oak and Debbie (Mark) Anderson of Mountain Home, Arkansas; son Dan Hansen of Creston; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.

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