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Mary J (Hanson) Emmons

July 7, 1938 ~ April 28, 2020 (age 81)


Mary J. Emmons, 81 of Winona, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at her home.

Mary Joann was born July 7, 1938, in Wabasha County, MN to Robert and Wilhelmina (Passe) Hanson.  She graduated from St. Felix High School, Wabasha.  On May 12, 1956, she married Harold Emmons and together they raised five children.

Mary was employed at St. Croix Knits, Winona, for 45 years.  She was an avid bowler and also enjoyed camping, canning, cards, reading, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Harold; four children: Jeffrey Emmons, Winona; Jacquelyn Wodele, Wabasha; Patricia (Gary) Dare, Winona; and Scott (Josephine) Emmons, Nelson, WI; nine grandchildren;  eight great-grandchildren; three brothers: Art (Mary Lynn) Hanson, Wabasha, MN; Larry (Barb) Hanson, Wabasha, MN; and  Bill Hanson, Kellogg, MN; sisters-in-law:  Elaine Hanson, Wabasha; Gayle Hanson, Hopkins, MN; Barb Hanson, Alma, WI; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Michael Emmons; son-in-law, Joseph Wodele; brothers: Donald Hanson, Richard Hanson; John Hanson; sister, Marlene Hanson.

Private family services were held.  A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN.  Words of sympathy and remembrance can be given at

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