Denise Willson, 88, passed away on April 27, 2013, at Newton Healthcare in Newton, Iowa.
A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Highland Park Funeral Home, 3500 Sixth Ave. in Des Moines. The memorial service will be the following day, Friday, May 3, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 412 Euclid Ave., Des Moines at 10:30 a.m.
Denise was born in Prairie City, Iowa on April 15, 1925, to Samuel and Irma (Vander Linden) McFadden. After graduating from Iowa Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1946, she began working as a nurse and nursing instructor for Iowa Lutheran Hospital until 1987. She married Keith Willson on July 24, 1948, and they were married for nearly 66 years. She was an active member of Epworth United Methodist Church, enjoyed square dancing, antiquing, traveling, and visiting with family and friends with her husband, Keith. After retirement, she volunteered with Hospice of Central Iowa, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, and for food banks and meals for the homeless — “We can’t quit just because we stop working.”
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