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OBITUARY - MARY ANN LONG McVEY

Mary Ann McVEY, daughter of Frank & Juanita Blanche (HALL) LONG, was born October 5, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa. Mary grew up and lived in Madrid, Iowa. Mary was united in marriage to Tom Floyd McVEY on March 14, 1959 in Madrid, Iowa. They lived in Madrid until moving to Mount Ayr in 1986. Most of her life has been devoted to her family. She loved kids even if they weren’t her own. If a baby was around she was holding it. She was a very talented woman; she enjoyed painting, quilting, sewing, and crafts. She was noted by her children and grandchildren for her homemade chicken and noodles and pies. She loved watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, gardening, family gatherings, and of course a little gambling. She enjoyed listening to country music and fishing when she could. Her dogs Maggie and Heidi were her constant companions. She enjoyed her conversations with family and friends especially her dearest friend Mert CARPENTER.

Mary was a mom to everyone; she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Mary also worked in nursing homes in Granger, Madrid, and Mount Ayr as a C.N.A. She also worked at Smalls Coral as a cook and did catering. She was a member of the Methodist church.

Mary passed away on October 24, 2009 in Mount Ayr. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Tom McVEY on January 8, 1998; granddaughter Susan McVEY; father & mother-in-law Clyde & Hazel McVEY; and brothers-in-law Wayne WILLIAMS, Rex McVEY, Butch MORGAN, and Jim WALKER.

Survivors include her children Rick McVEY & wife Pam of Woodward, Cindy WILLIAMS & husband Dale of Perry, Nancy HOUSEMAN & husband Bill of Des Moines, Tim McVEY & wife Jackie of Mount Ayr, Kelly GROVES & husband Sonny of Mount Ayr; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; 2 sisters Phyllis MORGAN of Woodward and Donna WALKER of Boone; 3 brothers Larry LONG & wife Sharon of Madrid, Robert LONG & wife Sandy of Decatur City, Bill LONG & wife Melinda of Woodward; sisters-in-law JoAnn WILLIAMS of Weldon and Judy McVEY of Cedar Rapids; brother-in-law Jerry McVEY & wife Dorothy of Davenport; her best friend Mert CARPENTER & husband Morris of Redding; other relatives and friends.

Services to be held Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 11:00 a.m., Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, Mount Ayr, Iowa, with interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery located north of Mount Ayr. A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later.

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