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Services for Mary Jean Garr, 63, who passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at, home in Bussey, IA. were held Monday, September 18 at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola with burial in the Webb Cemetery, Norwalk, IA.
Mary was born December 10, 1953 in Des Moines, IA to Bill and Rose Wood. She attendced elementary school at Spring Hill and then Norwalk where she enjoyed riding her hourse Queeny in competitions at the Norwalk Saddle Club. In 1970 she was married to Jim Lawr, they had three children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mary later moved to Bussey with Steve Sherman where they opened the Bussey Café with her sister and mother. She loved to cook and bake and farmers came from miles around to enjoy the food and company. After selling the café she married Steve Garr and continued to work at Vermeer for a total of 23 years. Mary loved camping, gardening, quilting, crafting with her grandchildren, riding motorcycles and especially shopping. She also had a large collection of cook books, rolling pins and antiques. She was a selfless person that took care of her family in times of need and enjoyed volunteering to help organize family functions. But most of all Mary's greatest joy was her grandchildren and family.
Survivors include her children, James (Brandie Baker) Lawr Jr., Dawn (Troy) Parker, Jason Lawr; husband, Steve Garr; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; mother, Rose Visser; siblings, Jim (Dee) Wood, Doris (Ross) Allen, Grace (Wes) Bonnett, Bill Wood, John Wood, Melody Wood; and many other family and friends. She is preceded in death by her father, James Wood Jr. and her grandparents.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Cancer Association. For a complete obituary or to submit an online condolence visit our website at www.overtonfunerals.com.
Published on September 21, 2017
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