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216 3rd Ave. SE.
Independence, IA 50644
Phone: 319-334-2501
Fax: 319-334-2502
Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Hand (Nelson)

Wednesday, April 24th, 1946 - Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
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Elizabeth “Betty” J. Hand, 72, of Cedar Rapids, IA died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Betty was born on April 24, 1946, at the People’s Memorial Hospital in Independence, IA the daughter of Vernon J. and Catherine (Toomey) Nelson. She attended the Hazelton Schools and was a 1964 graduate of Oelwein High School, Oelwein, IA. On September 4, 1965 she married the love of her life; Dale R. Hand, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, IA. They made their home in Independence until they moved to Cedar Rapids, IA in 1970. Betty had many jobs throughout her life; where she developed many meaningful friendships.

She enjoyed spending time on the phone, writing letters, and sending cards, to keep in touch with her friends. She cherished spending time with those that were close to her and loved watching and taking care of her grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Dale R. Hand, Cedar Rapids, IA, a son Jeffrey (Susan) Hand, Hiawatha, IA a daughter-in-law, Barbara Hand, Alburnett, IA, three grandchildren Matthew and Nicholas Hand, Hiawatha, IA, and Mikayla Hand, Alburnett, IA, a sister Barb Duwa, Independence, IA, two brothers-in-law, David (Karyl) Hand, Independence, IA, and LeRoy (Andrea) Hand, Oelwein, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents Vernon and Catherine Nelson, and a son Michael Hand.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday January 26, 2019, at the Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home in Independence, IA, with Rev. Jeff Dole presiding. Burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 am until services on Saturday at the Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home in Independence, IA.

Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22202, or Heartland Kidney Network 920 Main St., Suite 801
Kansas City, MO 64105
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 1:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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    Rev. Jeff Dole
  • Interment

    Mt. Hope Cemetery
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  • Reception

    Reiff Family Center Community Room
    216 3rd Ave SE
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Brenda (Hand) Roberts

Posted at 09:58pm
Dale, Jeff and family - first of all, I'm so sorry. But at the same time, I'm so glad you had Betty for all the years you did - she was such an inspiration and had such grace to let everyone she cared about know she cared for all the years she could. If only we all would follow her awesome example. Betty will always have a very special place in my heart, as do you. God bless you - I pray that He will hold you all in His loving hands, comfort you, give you peace, and a smile when you think of Betty, not tears, because she loves you most of all. Sending you lots of love and hugs, too!


Posted at 08:11am
The years of our life are fleeting. Without intervention, we would all say goodbye to those we love, or they would say goodbye to us. Wonderfully, God has promised to intervene. “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3, 4) God will destroy death and remove the pain it has caused by restoring those who have died back to life. Yes, it will be like he wiped the tears from our eyes, when we are reunited with those we love. I am very sorry for your loss.

Barb Sowers

Posted at 07:52pm
Dear Dale, Jeff and family, Ken and I send our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers. I will always remember Betty as a vibrant and loving soul. I hope the care and love of those around you give you comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Hugs to all! Barb (Hand) Sowers

Carolyn Raymond

Posted at 05:50pm
Dale and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know she was a special lady. My condolences.

With all our love, Marty and Wendy Tjelmeland

Posted at 05:03pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Thinking of all of you!
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