Mary McLaughlin Farley Nov. 5, 1948-Feb. 4, 2018

Mary McLaughlin Farley

     Mary McLaughlin Farley, 69, wife of Michael Farley of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away on Feb. 4, 2018 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa after a yearlong battle with cancer. Born on Nov. 5, 1948, she was the second child of James and Myrna McLaughlin of Monticello, Iowa, the town in which she was raised.

     Mary graduated from Monticello High School in Eastern Iowa. She received an associate’s degree from Cottey College, in Nevada, Mo., a two-year international women’s college. Mary attended the University of Northern Iowa, later continuing her education at Drake University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business.

     Mary was an accomplished businesswoman who owned and operated two successful businesses during her career. In 1981, she opened Mary’s Waterbeds in Ames, Iowa, and operated that business until she sold it in 1989. In September 2001, Mary opened a kitchen design business, Builder’s Cabinet Design, and operated that business until 2015 when she sold the business in transition to retirement.

     Mary enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and entertaining guests at their lake house. Her cherished memories include pontoon boat rides on the lake and watching grandchildren play in the yard and fish off the dock. It was always a special time around the campfire visiting with family and lake friends.

     Mary was a charitable and spirited woman, who enjoyed helping others. In her professional life, she was active with the Ames Chamber of Commerce and with the Ankeny BNI Business Connections. In addition, wherever she resided, Mary was very active with PEO, serving in several capacities including chapter president.

     Mary is survived by her husband, Michael Farley; and her three children, Vance (Amy Slater) Miller, Elizabeth (Jarod) Trecker, Michelle (Christopher) Gross; in addition to her grandchildren Ariana, Amaya, Addison and Jackson. Mary is also survived by her siblings, Scott McLaughlin of Davenport, Iowa, Fred Blackwell, brother-in-law, of Phenix City, Ala., Ann McClusky of Monticello, Iowa, and Bill (Penny) McLaughlin of Monticello, Iowa. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Myrna McLaughlin, and her sister, Laurel Blackwell.

     A Celebration of Life service is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, located at 121 N.W. 60th Ave., Des Moines, Iowa.

     Graveside service is scheduled for June 3, 2018, at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello, Iowa.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the PEO program – Ankeny Dollars for Scholars.

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