Adelia Hanson, 75, passed away on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016. Funeral services will be 10:30 Friday at Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Ok. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in Ponca City. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Adelia was born to Delia Nell Catherine Franklin and Harold Castor in Oklahoma City on September 25, 1941. As a talented Ponca City High School graduate in 1959 she was admitted as a freshman to Oklahoma State University, where in short time she became a favorite in many respects. OSU's Arts and Sciences' History Department recruited her to become a teaching assistant. Eventually she was begged to become the principal author of the key volume in an OSU centennial history series. Her 550 page "History of the Oklahoma State University State University College of Arts and Sciences" became an ideal personable classic of this series. Her love of history enabled her to serve happily for years dealing with Stillwater's Sheerar Museum's accessions of valued gifts and also with its featuring of novel exhibits. Her love of history bolstered a great reverence and respect that she was convinced were due to our modest church, Salem Lutheran Church, which had been founded in the 1890s by German Lutheran immigrants from the Ukraine. Her enthusiastic talks with fellow members and her diligent study of church records all highlighted what was not to be forgotten. Her Love of history also made her well disposed to check on family ancestry, and learn of their early locales. Her love of history added to the pleasure of exploring for years together with her husband Bert when they lived and worked in Sweden, Norway, Ireland and elsewhere overseas.
Adelia's love of history was intertwined with love of food and cooking. She was a permanent Ethnological Food Research Association member, to which she was happy to contribute her extensive knowledge of native and unique foods. Regrettably, last summer she was too ill to travel to Heidelberg to present her most recent paper at the association's meeting.
Five months later, Adelia's previously highly active life came to an end on Thanksgiving Day. She was flown from our Stillwater Med Ctr to Dallas' Baylor Hospital, where to combat bone marrow acute myeloid leukemia she had first got her transplant therapy three years ago. Present there with her were her dear ones; three new grandchildren, her sons Jon and Peter, daughters-in-law Emily and Catalina, and husband Bert. Between them endearing love and good wishes were traded to last forever. Consolations have come from close friends saying that she was always so caring and helpful to others and happy to share her huge knowledge of food and history with all.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.
Published on November 29, 2016