Ardis E. Cole, 96, of Waukon, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services are Tuesday, June 24, at 11 a.m. at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville, with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial is at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing. Friends may call one hour before services at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family with arrangements. Casketbearers are David Burrett, Jim, Clayton and Devin Cole, Ross Christianson and Blaine Wilder. Online condolences may be left at

Ardis Evelyn Cole was born June 30, 1917, at her parents’ home in the Village Creek area of rural Lansing. She was the daughter of Flavius Myron and Julia Ellen (Miles) Wilder. Ardis attended the Village Creek area schools and then attended high school in Hampton, where she stayed with a cousin. She married Arthur R. Cole in Waukon Oct. 10, 1936. After marriage they lived in New Albin and Lansing before starting to farm in rural Village Creek. Following that they rented farms in several northeast Iowa areas before retiring to Lansing. Ardis was a busy homemaker and farmwife and also worked at the Lansing Button Factory and Northern Engraving.

Her favorite pastimes included gardening, raising flowers, playing cards, especially euchre and dancing. She was an avid NASCAR fan and accomplished at many kinds of handiwork as she sewed and did crochet, embroidery and quilting. Being a loving mother and family oriented, Ardis enjoyed having relatives in her home as often as possible for any kind of get-together.

Survivors include her three children: Helen Christianson of Waukon, Duane Cole of Calmar and Myron (Sandy) Cole of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gene (Lotus) Wilder, of Waukon.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur, who died in 1990; two sisters, Iva Sandry and Ella Wilder; and three brothers: Jim and Mark Wilder and infant Newton Wilder.