The Ottumwa Courier


October 24, 2012

Mary Ann Carr, 80, Ottumwa

OTTUMWA — Mary Ann Carr, 80, of Ames, formerly of Ottumwa, entered the arms of angels Oct. 22, 2012, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. 

Mary Ann was born on Sept. 11, 1932, in Ottumwa, to Gwendolyn (Graves) and Walter Verhille. On June 18, 1955, Mary Ann married John ”Jack” Carr in Ottumwa. 

She graduated from Ottumwa Heights Academy and the University of Iowa. Mary Ann and Jack moved to the Ames area in 1955 and raised their family of five children. Mary Ann was a loving wife and mother. In the early ’70s, she began volunteering in the Mary Greeley Gift Shop. This was a job she truly loved and became manager in 1978. She held this position for 31 years, retiring in 2009. After retirement, she continued to serve Mary Greeley as a volunteer. Mary Ann was also a wedding coordinator at St. Cecelia Catholic Church for many years. Her memberships include Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Alumni, MGMC Auxiliary, PEO and St. Cecelia PTO.

Mary Ann’s passion was collecting angels, sharing her faith through time and talent and spending time with family and friends.

Mary Ann was greatly loved and will be missed by many.

She is survived by her five children, Kimberly (Charles) Buckingham of Walford, Timothy (Karen) Carr of Loveland, Colo., Douglas (Carolyn) Carr of Glencoe, Ill., Brian (Peggy) Carr of Ames and Chuck (Kathy) Carr of Birmingham, Ala.; two brothers, Robert Verhille of Solon and Donald (Pam) Verhille of Cordova, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a multitude of great friends. She is also survived by extended family, Bruce and Jean Townsend and their two daughters; and a very special friend, Linda Dasher.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her husband on Dec. 20, 1999.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 2900 Hoover Ave. in Ames. Burial will follow in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Visitation will be today with the family present after 5 p.m. at St. Cecelia Church. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m.

 Memorials in her memory can be made to the Mary Ann Carr Scholarship at MGMC, MGMC Foundation, Bliss Cancer Center, Israel Family Hospice House or St. Cecelia Catholic Church.

Chet Ryan Mortuary in Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Mary Ann and her family.

Text Only
  • Kim Kiefer NEW SHARON — Kim Kiefer, 51, of New Sharon, died on April 12, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa; Rev. Case Van Kempen officiating. As was Kim’s wish, her body will be cremated following

    April 15, 2014

  • 0416 OTT obit James Rysdam photo -T -L -M James Rysdam DRAKESVILLE — James Byron Rysdam, 81, of Drakesville, died April 14, 2014, at the Hospice House in Ottumwa with family at his bedside. He was born March 6, 1933, near Floris to Frank A. and Edith Fetrow Rysdam. He married his high school sweetheart,

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary Ann McReynolds RICHLAND -- Mary Ann McReynolds, 79, of Richland, died April 12, 2014. A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Friends Church in Richland; Pastors Tim Hadley, Mike Emehiser and Danny Cary officiating. Burial will be in Ri

    April 15, 2014

  • Mick Winblade OTTUMWA -- Michael L. "Mick" Winblade, 69, of 18 Kingsley Drive, died at 10:50 p.m. April 13, 2014, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born May 16, 1944, in Ottumwa to Howard and Mildred Engstrom Winblade. He married Janice Thies on January 17

    April 14, 2014

  • 0415 OTT obit Dannie Quigley photo -T -M Dannie Quigley OTTUMWA — Dannie L. Quigley, 72, of 227 Skyline Drive, died at 9:21 p.m. April 11, 2014, at Pella Regional Health Center. He was born April 29, 1941, in Ottumwa to Dillan E. and Marian J. Ward Quigley. He married Joy Lynne Mallonee on December 27, 1

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT obit Lloyd Balmer photo -T -L -M Lloyd Balmer KEOSAUQUA — Lloyd C. Balmer, 75, of rural Keosauqua, died at 7:10 p.m. April 11, 2014, at home. He was born Dec. 19, 1938, near Memphis, Mo., to Harry and Flossie Kittle Balmer and married Carolyn McClaran June 10, 1964, at Lancaster, Mo. Lloyd gradu

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT obit Pauline Roberts photo -T -L -M Pauline Roberts OTTUMWA — Doris Pauline “Polly” Roberts, 86, of Ottumwa, passed away April 11, 2014, at The Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She was born June, 16, 1927, the fifth child of William R. Comer and Faye B. Murphy Comer. Polly married Murlin “Shorty” Robe

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT obit Dan McKee photo -T -L Dan McKee OTTUMWA — Daniel Harold McKee, 84, formerly of 301 E. Highland, died at 6:30 p.m. April 11, 2014, at West Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Knoxville. He was born June 5, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Fred and Deena Kuyper McKee. He married Mildred B

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT obit Georgia Jones photo -T -L -M Georgia Jones OTTUMWA — Georgia Lee Jones, 78, of 823 S. Ransom St., died at 2:20 p.m. April 11, 2014, at Vista Woods Care Center. She was born September 20, 1935, in Queen City, Mo., to Ruben and Lolita Ryals Robbins. She married Rex L. Jones on September 8, 195

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT obit Lois Garrett photo -T -L -M Lois Garrett DOUDS — Lois A. Garrett, 81, of rural Douds, died at 11:50 p.m. April 12, 2014, at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua. She was born Dec. 2, 1932, near Eldon to Iver and Gertrude Carlson Reisch and married Donald E. Garrett Nov. 21, 1951, in Eldon.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

AP National