Ethel Drees, 89, mother of Spring Valley residents
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:18 AM
Ethel Marie Daiker Drees, 89, of Adams, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin.
She was born Dec. 1, 1924, to John A. and Caroline M. (Thelen) Daiker near Glidden, Iowa, on her family farm.
She married Ralph Henry Drees on Jan. 5, 1942, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Auburn, Iowa. They moved from Lidderdale, Iowa, to Taopi in 1954, where they farmed together until retiring. They moved to Adams in 1989. She and her husband enjoyed 67 years of marriage together before his death on Aug. 1, 2009.
She will always be remembered for tending garden and flowers, playing card games, her beautiful crochet work, strong faith and devoted prayer and her undeniable love of her husband and her Lord Jesus Christ.
She is survived by her children, Rosann Sanford of Spring Valley, Ralph (Janice) Drees of Spring Valley, Stephen (Nancy) Drees of Austin, Mary (Jerry) Ott of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Anna (Gene) Wilder of LeRoy, John (Candy) Drees of Austin, Dale (Robin) Drees of Appleton, Wis., Dan (Carol) Drees of Taopi, Neil (Peggy) Drees of Austin, Arlo (Beth) Drees of Austin and Brian (Kelly) Drees of Mason City, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Ella Dodge of Woodbury; 50 grandchildren; 100 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Cornelius (Glenna) Daiker of Auburn, Iowa, and sisters, Colletta Mohr of Fonda, Iowa, and Marietta Sammons of Lidderdale, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; a son, Allen Drees in 1985; granddaughters, Mary Ann Sanford in 1966 and Suzanne Drees in 1977; a grandson, Jamie Ott in 1994; a son-in-law, Wally Sanford in 2006; brothers, John B. Daiker, Leroy Daiker, Leonard Daiker, Ivan Daiker and Warren J. Daiker and sisters, Mable Schug and Drusilla Abney and Ila Mae Daiker.
A funeral Mass was held last Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams, with the Rev. Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating. Interment followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Adams.