DESMARIAS, Mary 1875-1956
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/13/2016 at 18:05:09
Mary DesMarias Dies at Age of 81
Mary Desmarias, who resided in Grundy county all of her life, died last Friday in the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient since March 27th. She was 81 years old on March 20 of this year. Death was due to advanced age and complication.
Miss Desmarias was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Desmarias, who homesteaded in Grundy county and who were among Grundy county's early residents. The family homesteaded on a farm 4 1/2 miles southwest of Grundy Center. There were four sons and two daughters in this family. The sons were Ed, Alex, John and Charles. The daughters were Mrs. Edith Wilhelm and Mary. Mary was the youngest of the family. Her sister, Mrs. Wilhelm, is the only surviving member of the family.
Mary spent the early part of her life on the farm. After the death of her father she came to Grundy Center. The past forty years she made her home with her sister.
She was confirmed in the Methodist church in Grundy Center at the age of 16 and was a faithful and loyal member of the church up to her death. She was always willing to give a helping hand when help was needed.
Surviving are her sister, her sister-in-law, Mrs. John Desmarias, two nieces, Dr. Varina Desmarias, Grundy Center, and Lillian Desmarias, Sedalia, Mo.; several cousins and a host of friends.
Services were Sunday afternoon at the Ferree Chapel. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery. Rev. E. Basye, pastor of the Grundy Methodist church, officiated at the service.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 May 1956, sec 2, pg 1
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