OTTUMWA — Mary J. Ashmead, 77, of Columbia, Mo., formerly of Ottumwa, died at 2:28 a.m. March 28, 2014, at her home.
She was born April 4, 1936, in Ottumwa to Harry and Katherine Higdon Carnes. She married Donald Edgar Ashmead on August 22, 1964, in Ottumwa. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1976.
Mary was a 1954 graduate of Ottumwa High School and had worked at John Morrell & Co. She enjoyed spending time with family, watching TV, talking on the phone with her son, baking and reading. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy, and she loved her cat, Angel.
Surviving are her children, Deanna Brandon of Columbia, Mo., and Michael (Heather) Ashmead of Davenport; grandchildren, Steven, Chad (Eliza) and Jeramy (Erika) McCormick, Taylor and Nick Wakeen; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Shayton McCormick, Ah’trina, Markus, Charles and Chance Elder.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ronald Carnes; her ex-husband, Donald Brandon; a brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Donna Jean Carnes.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.
The family will be present one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society, PO Box 1149, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501.