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Mary Lou Godfrey

Female 1933 - 2007  (74 years)


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  • Name Mary Lou Godfrey 
    Nickname Mary Lou 
    Born 04 Apr 1933  Jamaica, Guthrie County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 May 2007  Perry, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 25 May 2007  Dallas Township Cemetery, Dawson, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I460  Thompson
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2008 

    Father Charles M Godfrey,   d. Bef 21 May 2007 
    Mother Verna Ina Nicholson,   d. Bef 21 May 2007 
    Family ID F873  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Daryl Eugene McDowell 
    Children 
    +1. Kathy Ann McDowell
     2. Karen Lynn McDowell
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2003 
    Family ID F161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Mary has Multiple Sclerosis from email from Kathy McDowell .

    Died:
    • From Remembrance Card:

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      MARY LOU McDOWELL

      BORN April 4, 1933 Jamaica, Iowa
      DIED May 21, 2007 Perry, Iowa
      AGE 74 Years, 1 Month and 17 Days
      SERVICES Hastings Funeral Home
      2:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2007
      Perry, Iowa
      WORDS OF COMFORT Pastor Larry Monthei
      Hope United Methodist Church Dawson, Iowa
      CASKET BEARERS
      Mark Renslow, Dennis Kever, Randy Holland, Kurt Ridnour, Larry Kellar, Jon Krause
      ORGANIST Elta Summerson
      HYMNS In The Garden, On the Wings of a Dove
      INTERMENT Dallas Township Cemetery Dawson, Iowa

      The family wishes to invites [sic] you to a time of fellowship and coffee, back
      at the Hastings Funeral Homes’s Lounge following the interment.


      [inside front cover]
      OUR MOTHER

      God saw that she was getting tired, And a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around her And whispered, “Come to Me.” With tearful eyes we watched her suffer And slowly fade away. Although we loved her dearly We could not make her stay.

      Her life was not an easy journey With many stops along the way. To give of herself to those in need So they could make it through their day.

      She played many roles throughout her life: Wife, mother, grandmother and friend. There is an empty place in our lives As we see such an important life end. A golden heart has stopped beating, Hard-working hands are at rest. But our sorrow is softened in knowing Trusting in Christ Jesus, she is blessed.


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      "Mary Lou McDowell, daughter of Charles Godfrey and Verna Nicholson Godfrey, was born April 4, 1933 in Jamaica, Iowa and died May 21, 2007 at the Perry Lutheran Home at the age of 74 years, 1 month and 17 days.
      Mary lived her entire life in the Jamaica and Dawson area. She graduated from high school in Jamaica. She was united in marriage to Daryl McDowell on August 17, 1952 in Perry, Iowa and to this union two daughter [sic] were born; Karen and Kathy. Mary and Daryl first lived in Dawson and then moved to the farm in Jamaica. Mary worked as a secretary for the Dawson school for many years and later was a serving cook for the school. Later she enjoyed working as a cashier on the night shift at Truck Haven. In her free time, Mary enjoyed bowling, gardening, her pet birds, and raising various breeds of small dogs. She was also known for her wedding and graduation cakes. Mary was a member of the Dawson United Methodist Church and Rebecca Lodge.
      Mary was preceded by her parents; and brother-in-law, Don Renslow. She is survived by her husband Daryl of Jamaica; daughters; Karen Janovick of Jamaica; and Kathy McDowell of Missouri; granddaughters; Amber Cavner of Des Moines; and April Cavner of Perry; sisters; Anna Mae (Jim) Hougham of Herndon; and Pheobe Renslow of Grand Junction; and other relatives and friends."

      Hastings Funeral Home
      1417 2nd Street
      Perry, Iowa 50220


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