Mary E. Walters April 26, 2931-June 29, 2017

Mary E. Walters

     Mary E. Walters, 86, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on June 29, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

     A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the Barn at Calkins Square in Wyoming, Iowa. Burial will be at the Wyoming, Iowa Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

     Mary Eleanor Hansen was born on April 26, 1931, in Elwood, Iowa, to George P. and Adah (Martin) Hansen. She graduated from Wyoming High School where she was an All-State basketball player. She then attended AIC in Davenport where she was captain of the traveling basketball team. They went on a six-week goodwill tour that traveled through Mexico and all Central American Countries to Panama. On July 26, 1952 she married Donald W. Dirks in Iowa City, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1978. She married Rodney Walters on March 23, 1985 in Wyoming, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 2013.

     Mary had worked as an accountant for Bill Helms, Inc. (Strieter Motors) in Davenport for several years and then moved and worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as a bookkeeper for over 41 years retiring in 2002. 

      Mary was a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming and had served as treasurer of the Mary Rebecca Circle. She had also been a member of the Red Hat Society and the Clinton Engines Historical Society.

     Mary enjoyed traveling, gambling, golfing, playing cards, riding motorcycles, dancing, and most of all attending all sporting events of her children and grandchildren. 

     Those left to honor Mary’s memory include her children, Debi (Joe) Hronik of Davenport, Iowa, Jeff Dirks of Center Junction, Iowa, Steven (Cindy) Dirks of Wyoming, Iowa, and Sharon (Mike) Holmes of Delmar, Iowa; step-children, Jeff (Donna) Walters of Lisbon, Iowa, and Debra (Thomas) Vaccaro of Williamsburg, Va; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, George (Herta) Hansen of Wyoming, Iowa, and John “Bill” (Lola) Hansen of Wyoming, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald and her husband Rodney, a son Daniel, brothers Rex and Dale, and sisters Maxine, Charlene, Doris, Ellen and Georgeann. 

     In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary E. Walters memorial fund has been established.

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