March 2, 2004
OBITUARY - MARY J. (TURNER) JOE KOEHLER
Mary J. KOEHLER, 80, Independence, died Saturday, February 28, 2004, in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
She was born September 13, 1923, in Independence, to John and Idell TURNER. She was the oldest girl of 13 children, and
lived in Independence most of her life. In 1945, she married Lawrence Marion JOE. After her divorce, she married Leslie
KOEHLER of St. Joseph, Mo., in October 1963. She also raised two grandsons for several years. She moved back to
Independence in 1981. She continued working in a grocery store, Drugs for Less, and Toys R Us until her retirement. She had
recently moved to Mount Ayr, and went into Clearview Nursing Home on February 3. She was preceded in death by her parents,
a granddaughter, Kelly Sue, a sister, Emma, two brothers, Merle and Tommie, and a son-in-law, Larry.
Her survivors include her children, John JOE and wife, Nancy, Linda KING, Sharon PENDLETON and husband, Bud, Jerry JOE and
wife, Brenda; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the George C. CARSON and Sons Funeral Home, Independence. Burial will be in Oak Ridge
Memory Gardens, Independence. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed
to the family at www.carsonfuneralhome.com.
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