Mary Wiseman, 82, of Malvern, IA passed away December 1, 2018 at the Glen Haven Home in Glenwood, IA. Cremation will take place. A Time of Gathering Visitation will be held on Monday, December 3, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Malvern.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed to the Malvern Volunteer Rescue
Mary Francis Wiseman, one of nine children of Ralph Addison and Hattie Evelyn (Fuller) McLaughlin, was born on July 16, 1936 in Renick, West Virginia. She grew up in Frankford, West Virginia where she attended school.
Mary met Thomas Robert Rafferty, of Silver City, Iowa, through her brother, while they served in the Marines. The couple married on November 16, 1953 in Greenbrier, West Virginia and began their married life on a farm near Glenwood, Iowa. They lived in Silver City, Iowa where they operated a service station. Robert and Mary were blessed with children, Betty J, Michael Keith, Tracy Jo, Patricia Ann, and Rebecca Sue. Both Betty and Michael died in infancy. The family had lived in Malvern, Iowa for several years before moving to the Mansfield farm outside of Malvern, when Robert died from a heart attack on the way to the hospital on December 7, 1965, at the age of 34.
Mary and John Leroy Wiseman were introduced to each other by Lola Jones while at the 34 Supper Club. They were married on November 20, 1971 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with Mary's daughters, Tracy, Pat and Becky, they were blessed with a daughter Teresa Louise. Mary and John were married nearly 30 years when John died at their home on November 5, 2001.
Mary was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Glenwood and had been involved with RCIA, and was a member of Eastern Star. She worked at Collins Drug Store during her marriage to Robert. Mary babysat in her home during her marriage to John, later working at Casey's General Store in Malvern making pizzas. Mary enjoyed playing cards and cribbage and going to the casino with her friends. Mary cherished her time with her daughters and grandchildren, whom she loved and adored. She was a wonderful wife, mom and grandma.
Mary moved to the Glen Haven Home in Glenwood for more care as her health declined. She passed away on December 1, 2018, at the age of 82 years, 4 months, and 15 days. In addition to her husbands, Robert and John, and her infant babies, Betty and Michael, Mary was also preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Pat Rafferty on October 29, 2006 and Tracy Rafferty on October 15, 2017; and siblings, Orval, Paul, Earl, Eugene "Ray", Robert, Rondal, and Gatha McLaughlin.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Becky Rafferty of Malvern, and Teresa (Wiseman) Hertz and her husband Karl "K.E." of Douglas, WY; grandchildren, Jakob, Megan, and Kiley Hertz of Douglas; brother Jim McLaughlin and wife Carol of Joshua, TX; sister-in-law Joy McLaughlin of McKinney, TX; nieces, nephews, cousins and their families; and many friends.
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May our Heavenly Father Jehovah strengthen you with His promise to swallow up death forever and soon end all our suffering. (Rev. 21:3-5; Isa. 25:8) May His promises also comfort you during this difficult time.
Mary was a favorite. I met her 50 years ago when I worked at Mansfield’s Furniture and she’d come in to pay her rent on the duplex. I loved her accent but mostly I admired her spirit! Life tossed a lot of curveballs in her direction but she’d pick herself up and dust herself off, chuckle and move on! R.I.P.
Becky and Teresa, was sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Over the years I was t your him with Patty, your mom was always so kind and welcoming. My deepest sympathy. You girls have had to endure way to much loss in your life🙏♥️
Tina Wederquist Zanders
Mary was an amazing lady, loved by all who knew her,. Rest In Peace Beautiful Lady.
Mary was a wonderful lady. I enjoyed working with her at Casey's. She made working the lunch hour look easy!! Prayers to family and friends.
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