Mary Deurmier, 97, Lawton, Iowa

Published 3:25 pm Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mary Ella Deurmier, 97, of Lawton, Iowa, formerly of Albert Lea, passed away Feb. 21, 2013, at Char-Mac Assisted Living.

Mary Duermier

Mary Duermier

She was born Aug. 15, 1915, in Pishaville, Neb., to Charles and Hattie (Simms) Jones. She was a stay-at-home mother before she worked as a grocery store clerk at Olson’s Grocery Store in Albert Lea and Braaton’s Jewelry Store in Albert Lea. She enjoyed crocheting, puzzles, reading and collecting tea cups and saucers.

Survivors include her daughter, Peg Bies, of Sioux City, Iowa, five grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Darlene Dress, of Yuba City, Calif., sisters-in-law Ann Jones of Albert Lea and Dorothy Jones of Springfield, S.D., and a brother-in-law, Robert Johnson of Albert Lea.

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She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elmer, son Donald LeRoy, grandson Marc Dennis, son-in-law Dennis, brothers Elmer and Charles Jones, and sisters Lucille Deurmier, Bessie Dahlenberg, Ethel French and Evelyn Johnson.

A visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at McCulloch Chapel in Moville, Iowa. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Char-Mac of Lawton, PACE of Sioux City, or hospice of Siouxland. Christy-Smith Funeral Homes of Sioux City is helping the family with arrangements.