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Obituary ~ Mary Lorraine (Patterson) Case
November 27, 1934 ~ December 08, 2013
Mary Lorraine (Patterson) Case, age 79 of Lamoni, Iowa, the daughter of Henry Evander and Ola Faith (Merrill) Patterson, was born November 27, 1934 in Greenfield, Iowa. She passed away at the Decatur County Hospital in Leon, Iowa on Sunday, December 8, 2013.
In 1944, Mary and her family moved to Weldon, Iowa, where Mary graduated from high school. She worked in Des Moines, Iowa until her marriage in 1955 to Glenn Ronald Case. To this union three children were born, Garnet, Carol, and Stephen. Over the years, Mary enjoyed reading, bowling, writing, attending college, crafting, animals, learning to fly a Cessna 150, and playing cards with friends and neighbors. She also enjoyed painting, playing Scrabble and computer games. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren. She was a member of the Lamoni United Methodist Church but also considered the Weldon Methodist and Christian Churches her “home” church. She served the two Weldon church and others as a lay speaker for several years.
Mary was a member of the Ophir Chapter, Easter Star in Osceola, Iowa for many years. She moved to Lamoni in 1992 following an accident that left her unable to perform certain tasks. She lived in Crown Colony Retirement Center elderly housing in Lamoni where she enjoyed volunteering at the community meal site and being involved in Crown Colony activities. Mary served on the Colony Housing Authority Board of Directors for several years.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; son Stephen Case; sister Ruth McFarland; and aunt and uncle, Sylvia and Lawrence Merrill. Survivors include her daughters, Carol Caldwell and friend Dave Mercier of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Garnet Coulthard and husband Jim of Lamoni; eight grandchildren, Julie, Jimmy, Andrew, Carlos, Cassi, Colton, Jonathan, and Michelle; eight great grandchildren plus one on the way; brother Robert Patterson and wife Evelyn of Buffalo, Missouri; brother-in-law James McFarland of Earlham, Iowa; nieces and nephews; cousins, friends, and her church family.
Memorial services will be held at the Lamoni United Methodist Church in Lamoni, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013 with Pastor Jodi Rushing officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Lamoni. Arrangements were through the Slade – O'Donnell Funeral Home of Leon and Lamoni, Iowa. Memorials may be given to the Lamoni United Methodist Church or the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2013