Marian Cole Malloy, a longtime resident of State
Center, Iowa, died Monday, January 26, 2015,
surrounded by her three children at Hearth Stone Care
in Boone, Iowa. She was 95.
Born July 3, 1919 on a farm south of Jewell, Iowa,
Marian — known as Nana to her six grandchildren
(“The Best Nana Ever”) — grew up in Jewell, Iowa and
Clemons, Iowa and graduated from Clemons High School.
She married the late Hugh Daniel Malloy at St.
Joseph’s Catholic Church in State Center on December
25, 1949 and they had three children — Erin, Dan,
Marian was a registered nurse, having graduated in
1942 from nurse’s training at Mercy Hospital in
Marshalltown, Iowa. She was proud that she had
advanced training in pediatric nursing at Mercy
Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She worked for a
short time as night supervisor at Mercy in
Marshalltown before becoming employed by Drs.
Biersborn & Sokol in State Center as their office
nurse. Marian prized her work at the doctors’ office
and was very pleased with the number of babies that
she helped deliver during her eight years there.
She served as a private duty nurse in Marshalltown
and Nevada while her children were small. In 1959
she became the Director of Nursing at the Bryant
Nursing Home in State Center. Between 1966 and 1974,
Marian owned and operated this nursing home.
In 1971 she became a licensed Nursing Home
Administrator. Marian began working as a charge nurse
in January 1975 at the Marshall County Care Facility.
In 1976 she was promoted to the Director of Nursing
there and in 1977 became the Administrator of the
Marshall County Care Facility. In 1982 Marian
received a three-year appointment from Gov. Robert
Ray to the State Board of Nursing Home Management.
Marian was employed at the Care Facility until her
retirement in 1993.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She loved raising African Violets, cooking sour cream
cookies, and doing the daily crossword puzzle.
Needlework, basketball, and her dogs, Thor and Moe,
kept her busy. Marian appreciated finding a choice
piece of McCoy pottery at a yard sale and she loved
bing cherries, ice cream, and red wine. Mentoring
nurses was a favorite activity for her, but her
children and her grandchildren were the joys of her
life. She cherished hearing about their adventures
and being with them at Pawleys Island, South
Carolina, each summer.
For the past 65 years, Marian was a faithful member
of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in State Center. She
was the first woman to serve on the Parish Council
and was a member of the St. Joseph’s Altar Society.
She attended daily mass after her retirement and
enjoyed being a member of the calling committee.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, Minnie
and Theodore Cole; her husband, Hugh Daniel Malloy; a
brother, Robert Cole; and one grandson, William
She is survived by a daughter, Erin Malloy Weaver
(Bill) of Forsyth, Ga.; two sons, Daniel Charles
Malloy (Kim) of Des Moines, and James Brian Malloy
(Jody) of Boone; five grandchildren, James Maxwell
Malloy, Erin Lee Malloy and Daniel Sean Malloy of
Boone; Molly (Brad) Weaver Patterson of McDonough,
Ga., and Daniel Weaver of Atlanta, Ga.; two
great-grandchildren, Mary Michael Patterson and Sally
Weaver Patterson of Georgia; and two sisters, Frances
Bryant Ensy (the late Bill) and Marlene Bryant Potter
(David) both of Hobbs, New Mexico.
Visitation will be held at Mitchell Family Funeral
Home West Marshall Chapel in State Center from 5-7
p.m. on Friday, January 30. The celebration of
Marian’s life will be Saturday, January 31, 2015 at
10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in State
Memorials may be made in Marian’s honor to Hearth
Stone, Eastern Star Home, 715 West 3rd Street, Boone,
Iowa, 50036 or to the charity of the donor’s choice