- December 8, 1915 - July 8, 2012
- Clarinda, Iowa
of Mary's Passing
- Memorials may be made to Mary book Memorial Fund and the family will give to the Iowa Library Service for the Blind.
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“I'll forever miss sitting down with Mary and listening to her stories. I learned a lot from her and I loved her dearly...like my own grandma. She...Read More »
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“Grandma showed her love for her family in the things she made and the meals she served. I will always treasure the handmade Christmas stockings...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Lezli Pelzer - Ames, IA
“My thoughts are with the family. She was quite a lady.
3 of 7 | Posted by: Jamie Shore - Clarinda, IA
“When I think back to all the weekend visits growing up as a child, I know now just how lucky I was to be just minutes away. From the long steep...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Dennis Book - Loveland, CO
“I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mother and grandmother. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Mary. I was amazed at her memory and gift of story...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Michelle Walter - Clarinda, IA
“Jim and Vicki
We are sorry for your loss and sorry that we cant be with you in your time of saddness. We love you very much. Nate and Jules
6 of 7 | Posted by: Nate and Julie Dick - runnells, IA
I have so many memories of when I was young and on the farm, feeding the collies, and picking strawberries with you. Riding the tractor...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Douglas and Marica Phillips - CO
Funeral services for Mary Book, age 96, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Griswold, Iowa, who entered into rest Sunday, July 8, 2012 at the Eiler House, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 13, 2012 at the United Methodist Church, Griswold, Iowa with Reverend Dwight Grosvenor officiating. There will be open visitation at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda with family visitation 10:00 – 11:00 at the United Methodist Church, Griswold prior to the service. Burial will be in the Flint Cemetery, Griswold, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the family to be given to the Iowa Library Service for the Blind. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
Mary Virginia Book, a long time resident of the Griswold area, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, July 8, 2012, at the Eiler House, Clarinda, Iowa.
Mary was born December 8, 1915 in Wright Township, Pottawatomie County, Iowa near Griswold, to Orin Cephas Pearce and Ruth Read Pearce. Mary graduated from Griswold High School in 1933. Following graduation from High School she was united in marriage to Ralph Owen Book. They were married for sixty five years. She became an adept farm wife and mother of four. Mary was also active as a 4-H leader, gardener and secretary of Waveland Township School Board.
Mary became a member of the Griswold Methodist Church in 1947. In her later life she was an active member of the quilting group of the church creating beautiful heirlooms for family and community members.
Mary will always be remembered for her talents in sewing, needlework and famous apple pies.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Book; sister, Kathleen Samson; and daughter, Virginia Phillips.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Nancy Fuhs and Sara Lu Aberle and son, James Book; Mary is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren along with host of other relatives and friends.
Mary will be missed by her family and friends.
Her memory will live on in their hearts.
May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn her passing.