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Iris Hattem

Iris M. Hattem went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in Grass Valley. She was 88.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church of Cedar Ridge, 11412 Brunswick Dr., Cedar Ridge, Calif. It is the church next to the Country Store on Hwy 174.

She was born on March 13, 1924, in Langdon, N.D>, to Ray D. and Mae E. (Mcleod) Kelly. Iris graduated from Langdon City School as salutatorian in 1942. She was a member of the Glee Club and a cheerleader. She went on to attend Hamline University-Asbury School of Nursing where she graduated with her R.N.

She moved to California in the mid-1940s, where she got a job at Birmingham V.A. Hospital in the San Fernando Valley. There she met a handsome young soldier named Maurice V. Hattem. They were married on August 22, 1948. She stayed home to take care of their four children, until the youngest was 12 years old.

Iris and Maurice moved to Grass Valley, Calif., in Sept of 2005 to be closer to their family. When Maurice passed away in May of 2006, she moved in with her daughter Kathy and her husband Dennis Bowman. She was known by everyone by her purple or plaid tennis shoes. She volunteered at The Living Well Thrift Store and raised money by participating in The Walk for Life.

She loved being a nurse, She loved people and it showed with her sweet spirit. She enjoyed painting, gardening, going for walks and waving at everyone and baking to take goodies to the neighbors. She loved to sing.

She is survived by his sons, Jeff and Kit Hattem of Nevada City, Calif., Dave Hattem and grandson Daniel Hattem of Cotati; daughter, Kathy and Dennis Bowman of Grass Valley, Calif.; brother, Ray and Helen Kelly of Mesa, Ariz., and many loving nieces and nephews.

Iris was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice, of 58 years; daughter Maureen; brother Earl Kelly; and sister, Inez Waind.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Living Well Medical Clinic (www.livingwellgv.org ) or The Gideons International Inc., (www.gideons.org).


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