Mary Park, 61, State Center

Mary Park of State Center passed away at her home Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 under the care of her loving husband, Richard and Iowa River Hospice. Funeral Services for Mary will take place Tuesday, June 9th at 10:00 AM at Mitchell Family Funeral Home, with visitation from 5:00-7:00 PM on Monday, June 8th.  Burial will immediately follow the service at Clemons Cemetery.  We continue to encourage everyone to practice proper social distancing and to wear masks. For additional questions or to leave a condolence, please visit www.mitchellfh.com or call Mitchell Funeral Home at 641-844-1234.  Memorials may be directed to the family.  

Mary Jane Myers was born October 29, 1958 in Des Moines, IA to parents Lawrence and Regina (McCann) Myers.  She graduated from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids in 1977.  Mary married the love of her life, Richard Park under a magnolia tree in her parent’s backyard in Mount Vernon, WA on July 10, 1982.  She was a dedicated stay-at-home mom for 14 years and then devoted 20 years to working for both the West Marshall School District and the UAW local 893.  

Mary enjoyed seeing her grandchildren and loved them to pieces.  She was very passionate about taking care of people, and often that was through food.  She loved hosting BBQs and going on picnics.  Their Mothers’ Day tradition included a picnic to the Ledges, so long as the weather cooperated.  She absolutely loved being outdoors.  Mary was a huge Iowa Hawkeyes fan and enjoyed watching football and March Madness.  She and her dad, Larry, who passed away just 4 days before Mary, were big Cardinals fans.  In addition to working at the UAW, she often volunteered to help there with different events like the annual Easter egg hunt, the bi-annual picnics and parades.   Mary was also very civic-minded.  She was excellent at completing crossword puzzles.

Mary is survived by her beloved husband, Richard; her two children: Dan (Christy Hawthorn) Park of Manhattan, KS and Michelle (Andrew) Smith of Clemons; her siblings:  Alan (Christine) Myers of Friday Harbor, WA, Ed (Jeneanne) Myers of Bellingham, WA, John (Debbie) Myers of Carlton, WA, Karen Myers Barker of Lummi Island, WA, and Mark (Jolene) Myers of Waukee, IA; her grandchildren:  Joseph, Grace, and James Smith; and her sister in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Larry and Regina; brother Ronnie; her in-laws Joe and Eva Park; and brother in-law, David Barker.

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