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216 3rd Ave. SE.
Independence, IA 50644
Phone: 319-334-2501
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Mary Gritton

Mary Alice Gritton (Toomey)

Monday, August 31st, 1925 - Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
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Mary A. Gritton, 93, of Independence, IA died on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at ABCM Rehabilitation Center – West Campus in Independence, IA.

Mary was born on August 31, 1925, in Independence, Iowa the daughter of Cornelius D. and Emma (Mohring) Toomey. She attended the St. John’s Catholic Schools, graduating High School with the class of 1942. While in high school she played on the St, John’s Basketball Team that played in the State Girls Catholic Basketball Tournament. Mary was the last survivor of the class of 1942. She was married to Dale L. Gritton on November 10, 1945, in Independence, IA. The couple farmed in the Independence area until retiring in 1985.

Mary was a sports fan following the Mustang baseball and softball teams. She bowled and golfed on leagues for many years. She enjoyed playing cards, spending time with friends, and visiting on the telephone. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of Americas, Farm Bureau and Royal Neighbors of America. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Buchanan County Senior Center in Independence, and helping with Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include one daughter Jeanne Gritton of Central City, IA, son-in-law Richard Franck of Independence, IA , four granddaughters Stephanie (Lon) Bright, Anamosa, IA; Samantha (Chad) Rezac, Tipton, IA; Heidi (Steve) Jackman, Johnston, IA; Lizzi (Kelly) Thompson, Minneapolis, MN; and eight great grandchildren; Lexi and Ellie Bright; Zoe, Kayden and Tate Rezac; Nora Jackman; Alice and Frank Thompson.

Mary was preceded in death by husband Dale (2006); daughter Joanne Franck (2014); brother Don Toomey (1977); two sisters, Dorothy Croker (1978) and Catherine Nelson (1998); and many cherished friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, IA, with Rev. David Beckman Presiding. Burial will be held in St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 PM until 8 PM on Wednesday March 6, 2019 at the Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home in Independence, IA.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Thursday, March 7th, 2019 10:30am
    St. John's Catholic Church
    209 5th Ave NE
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    Rev. David Beckman
  • Interment

    St. John's Catholic Cemetery
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Vicki Childers

Posted at 12:54pm
Thoughts and prayers going out to your family -- she was a wonderful lady From Vicki Childers

Ladonna Fuhrman

Posted at 08:50am
Jeannie. I remember the good old days when I would visit your home — your Mom would always welcome me like a daughter love you 💕 Ladonna.

Margaret Ownby

Posted at 07:32am
The world lost a good one when Mary passed. What a kind lady, I always enjoyed visiting with her. Thinking of you during this sad time. You have my sympathy.

Mary Schubich

Posted at 10:57pm
Dear Jeanne, Dick and all, just read about your mom. What a gal she was.... am so sorry for your loss, I know how hard this must be for you and your family. She really loved her cards, was pretty competitive but not too much. She always, always had a kind word for me. I just read this and was saddened but then kinda grinned thinking about the life she had and the loving family she had, a very lucky lady treasured by many. Thinking of you and yours now and down the road.

Janet McLaren

Posted at 08:12pm
I am so very to hear of Mary's passing. I have many fond memories of her and Dale growing up. They were host and hostess for our wedding in 1979. I am so very glad that I had a chance to briefly talk to her last week. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless her. Janet McLaren

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