Obit: Esther Hansen


Esther Hansen, 94, of Durant, died on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 at Jersey Ridge Place in Davenport.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at Bentley Funeral Home in Durant. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

Interment took place in Greeenwood Cemetery, Muscatine.

Memorial contributions may be made to Genesis Hospice or Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church in her memory.

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Esther was born in Muscatine County on Oct. 8, 1924 to John Helena (Friese) McKillip.

Esther worked at A.C. Nielsen in Muscatine for 10 years.

She was a former member of the Spangler Chapel, Muscatine and a member of Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, Wilton and the Muscatine Moose Lodge.

She enjoyed gardening and baking.

Esther married Melvin Rife on April 8, 1944 in Muscatine. He preceded her in death in 1968. She later married Melvin Hansen on Dec. 7, 1979 in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 2012.

Esther is survived by her daughter Sharon (Dennis) Hank of Bettendorf; son Dennis (Shari) Rife of Bettendorf; 11 granddaughters; 21 great-grandchildren; three stepchildren: Cheryl (Pat) White of Muscatine, Steve (Mary) Hansen of Oxford and Rick (Jill) Hansen of Wilton; and brother Chester McKillip of Muscatine.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; three sisters: Velma Trusedale, Anna Mae Morgan and Bernice Stalkfleet; and brothers: Clarence and John Jr. and Clifford McKillip.