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Obituary for Ada Elaine Stanley

Ada Elaine Stanley, 95, of Grinnell passed away on January 29, 2018, at her home.

A Celebration of Life service has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday, February 2nd, at the First Friends Church in Grinnell with Rev. Steve Savage officiating. Organist will be Kathy Vander Ploeg.

Family Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 2nd, at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

In lieu of flowers, Elaine had requested memorial contributions may be directed to Bibles for America, P.O. Box 17537, Irvine, California 92623.

Elaine was born on May 28, 1922, in Grinnell, the daughter of Jess Edward and Ada Josephina Burdick Gross. She was raised in Grinnell and was a 1939 graduate of Grinnell High School. She later graduated from the Iowa School of Beauty in Des Moines.

On March 22, 1941, she was united in marriage with Wallace Craig Stanley, in Unionville, Missouri. The couple farmed for many years in the Ewart area, where she was actively involved in all aspects of running a successful farm operation while raising her family.

Elaine was very devoted to the Lord, her church, and to her family. All three were very important to her, as was her faith and love for her grandchildren. She enjoyed attending and hearing about all her grandchildren’s activities. She loved people, traveling throughout America and Europe, and gardening. She raised beautiful flowers!

Her prayer, her hope, her dream is that each of her grandchildren will be born again Christians, that their lives will be guided each day by our Lord, and through the trials and temptations of life you will become stronger in Christ, and someday we will all be reunited together in our Lord’s presence.

Elaine is survived by her children, Patricia (Allan) Hoekstra of Boca Raton, Florida, Carolyn (James) Rosa of Arlington, Texas, Tim (Linda) Stanley of Danbury, Wisconsin and Doug (Rita) Stanley of Cedar Rapids; 11 grandchildren, David (Ellen) Hoekstra, Lisa (John) Leris, Angela (Dan) Brau, Joshua (Beth) Rosa, Rachel (Kurt) Wassinger, Luke (Brianna) Stanley, Matthew (Tammi) Stanley, Nathan (Jen) Stanley, Nicholas (Sarah) Stanley, Kristen (Victor) Chai and Courtney Hoekstra and 18 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Hannah, Jacob, Kate, Zachery, Tyler, Gabriella, Joseph, Megan, James, Elloree, Kyle, Cole, Evan, Ava, Mason, Spencer, and Barrett. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Craig in 1971; two brothers, Cloyd and Clarence Gross; and one sister, Ruth Brown.

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10:30 AM
Hazelwood Cemetery

First Avenue West
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

celebration of life




11:30 AM
First Friends Church

1115 West Street South
Grinnell, IA 50112

Cemetery Details


Hazelwood Cemetery

First Avenue West
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Memorial Contribution

Bibles For America


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