Mary Elaine Timmerman, 80, of Manchester, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, January 3, 2015 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Delaware, Iowa by Pastor Don Krause. Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, on Friday, January 2, 2015 at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Manchester, Iowa, as well as one hour before services on Saturday. Per her wishes, Mary will be cremated. Disposition of her earthly cremains will take place at a later date and with her immediate family.
Mary was born on September 16, 1934, the daughter of Eugene and Edna (Binning) Whitehead. She graduated from Greeley High School, and on October 5, 1952 Mary was united in marriage to Milo O. Timmerman. Born to this union were nine children: Kathleen, John, Jean, Wayne, Susan, Lori, Janeen, James, and Amy. Mary was a nurturing and loving mother, homemaker, provided in-home daycare, worked at the Delaware County Courthouse, as well as the Penn Center in Delaware County, Iowa prior to her retirement. Mary was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Delaware, Iowa, where she sang in the choir. In January of 2014, Mary moved into the memory care unit at Crestview Acres in Marion, Iowa, where she made many new friends.
Mary had a kind heart and a gentle smile. She was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend to all. Mary was very proud of all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mary’s passion was sewing – she was an amazing seamstress. She also enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, playing games and spending time with (and helping) others. Mary had a wonderful sense of humor. She was especially fond of anything chocolate, and she never turned down an opportunity to enjoy some ice cream.
Mary is survived by her husband, Milo Timmerman, and their children: Kathleen Timmerman (Rick Thomas), John (Becky) Timmerman, Wayne (Cathy) Timmerman, Susan (Steve) Wulfekuhle, Lori (Bob) Madrick, Janeen (Delbert) Hettinger, James (Leticia) Timmerman, and Amy (Jason) Reeves as well as many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving Mary are her siblings, Dorothy Seibert, Glenn (Mary) Whitehead, Jean (Lyle) Beck, Gary (Judy) Whitehead, and Carole (Don) Jensen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Edna (Binning) Whitehead, her daughter, Jean (Jeannie) Timmerman, her grandsons, Scott J. Wulfekuhle and Mark M. Hettinger, and also her sisters, Lois Philipp and Joyce Andrews.
Mary’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Crestview Acres in Marion, Iowa, and to the staff at the Good Neighbor Home and the Hospice of Comfort in Manchester, Iowa, for taking such good care of their mother in her final year and in her final days.
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