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Mary Lou Saunders

November 5, 1930 April 11, 2018
Mary Lou Saunders
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Obituary for Mary Lou Saunders

Mary Lou Saunders, 87, of Grinnell, died on April 11, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

A graveside service and burial has been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14,, at Sheridan Cemetery, northeast of Grinnell, with Rev. Melinda Cree-Anthony of Des Moines, officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mary Lou Saunders Memorial Fund to be designated by family for local causes.

Mary Lou was born on November 5, 1930, in Grinnell, the daughter of Robert William “Jack” and Elsie Matzen Norris. She was raised in Grinnell and was a 1949 graduate of Grinnell High School.

On January 16, 1949, she was united in marriage with Robert L. “Bob” Saunders in Grinnell. A union of 68 years! The couple made their home inn Grinnell, where Bob operated a plumbing business and Mary Lou was employed for several business’ including the Grinnell Shoe Factory, Meeker’s Laundry, Strand’s and later Bryan’s Shoe Store, and then in the kitchen at Grinnell Mutual Re-Insurance Company. She knew the value of hard work!

Mary Lou loved the outdoors, camping and being a hostess at Rock Creek Lake, fishing and wintertime activities that included snowmobiling. For 10 years, the couple enjoyed wintering in the Mission and McClellan, Texas area. Mary Lou enjoyed knitting, reading, playing bingo and putting together puzzles.

Mary Lou is survived by her sister, Jacque McClenathan of Victor; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob on August 25, 2017; and one brother, Daryl Norris.

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Cemetery Details


Sheridan Cemetery Final Resting Place

948 - 320th Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112

948 - 320th Avenue Grinnell 50112 IA
United States

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