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Iris Hanson-Cain

Iris M. Hanson-Cain, age 78, of Willmar, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, April 22, at the Belgrade Nursing Home in Belgrade, Minnesota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Thursday, April 27, at the Church Of St. Mary in Willmar, Minnesota. Interment will be in the Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery in Willmar. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and at the church one hour prior to the service Thursday.

Iris Mary Halliday was born on September 3, 1938, in Sheffield, England, the daughter of Thurza (Gibbs) and Vincent Halliday. She grew up and received her education in Great Yarmouth, England. On March 29, 1959, she was married to Douglas Harold Hanson in Great Yarmouth. Doug was in the Air Force and returned home while Iris traveled later on the ship, Queen Mary, to New York City where Doug was there to meet her. They traveled by train back to Minnesota and made their home in Willmar. Iris worked for many years with Thrifty Drug Store as a Cosmetic Consultant and clerk and later worked for Thorson's New and Used for 10 years. Doug passed away in 1982 and on December 11, 1993, Iris was married to Richard Allen Cain at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kandiyohi and they made their home on Eagle Lake. She worked for a time with Ashwood Nursing Home and later at Bethesda Homes as a Activities Assistant. She enjoyed gardening, church, working in the yard, rummage sales, watching movies, playing darts, motorcycle rides, giving to charities that helped children and was an avid reader. Iris loved being with family and friends, especially her grandchildren who brightened her days.

She is survived by four sons; Steve (and Rosanne) Hanson of Willmar, David Hanson of Willmar, Jim Hanson of Nashville, TN and Andrew Hanson of Chicago, IL, one daughter, Kathleen (and Kyle) Thomes of Meire Grove and one step-daughter, Cari Jo Cain of Elk River. Also surviving are ten grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, 1 step great grandchild, one brother, Charlie Halliday of Great Yarmouth, England and two sisters, Pam (and Arthur) Humphrey of Great Yarmouth, England and Pat Stone of Sydney, Australia, many nieces and nephews, besides other relatives and friends.

Iris was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands Douglas in 1982 and Richard in 2014, four brothers; David, Claude, Vincent and Donny Halliday and two sisters; Linda and Sylvia.

Cemetery Details

Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery
3003 8th Avenue NE
Willmar, MN, 56201


APR 26. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


APR 27. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


Mass of Christian Burial

APR 27. 11:00 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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I'll miss her accent and she call every one darling. Wonderful loving lady. Miss you Aunt Iris!

Laurie Sherwood - April 23, 2017 at 09:35 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Laurie Sherwood lit a candle in memory of Iris Mary Hanson-Cain

Laurie Sherwood - April 23, 2017 at 09:36 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Always remembered the good times we shared. The cuddles in bed before you got up. The fish and chips you'd always have on your first evening here. Sitting round the table at my mums and sharing stories, laughing constantly. You'd bring us all to a level of happiness which is hard to describe. I will miss you so much that it pains my heart. I shall love you forever !!! To my beautiful cousins I love you all, we are all so proud at the outstanding love and care you gave Iris.Im so very sorry for this huge loss in your lives xShine brightly my beautiful star Iris always in my thoughts love you xx

Linda Humphrey - April 24, 2017 at 02:56 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Linda Humphrey lit a candle in memory of Iris Mary Hanson-Cain

Linda Humphrey - April 24, 2017 at 03:22 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Blue & White Sympathy Floor Basket was purchased for the family of Iris Mary Hanson-Cain.

April 24, 2017 at 07:57 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Loved seeing her when she work at Bethesda. Going to miss her. Thoughts and Prayers for her family. Donna Swift

Donna Swift - April 24, 2017 at 01:56 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Will miss you auntie iris very much always looked forward to seeing you when you came down to Great Yarmouth you was always happy and made everyone else happy too, r.i.p lots of love from Paula, tony, Dee and Danny :rose::rose::rose::pray::innocent:

dee pammen - April 25, 2017 at 05:20 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

In memory of a loving auntie, sending love and prayers to all the family. May god bless you and keep you in his loving care. Rest in peace auntie Iris love ya xxxx. From your niece Julie and Paul and Laura.

Julie Secker - April 25, 2017 at 11:35 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Julie Secker sent a virtual gift in memory of Iris Mary Hanson-Cain

Julie Secker - April 25, 2017 at 11:50 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I worked with Iris at Snyder Drug downtown Willmar back in 1977 and 1978. She was a charming woman who could always make me laugh. There are those in life whose paths cross ours who we never forget and always think of with a smile. Iris left her mark on my heart.

Deb Heide - April 25, 2017 at 07:55 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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