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Mary (Gearhart) McGraw

June 27, 1945 ~ February 14, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Mary McGraw Obituary

Mary (Gearhart) McGraw, 78 years old, formerly of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Palouse Hills Assisted Living and Memory Care in Moscow, Idaho.

Mary was born on June 27, 1945, in Manchester, Iowa, to James and Frances (Diesch) Gearhart. She graduated from Manchester High School where she was a cheerleader and performed in musical Swing Shows. After high school, Mary was off to Finley School of Nursing to start a long and successful career as an RN. She briefly lived in Boston, Massachusetts, where she started raising two (very) rambunctious young boys with her husband John McGraw and attended Dean College. In 1980, she moved to Missouri to be closer to her family, mostly located in Iowa. While working and wrangling young boys in Missouri, she added to her education by graduating Summa Cum Laude from University of Missouri Columbia. She worked as a nurse in Jefferson City earning the respect of patients and peers until retirement. Mary was the center of a wide circle of friends her entire life and remained fiercely devoted to family to the end.

Mary is survived by her children, Ron McGraw (wife, Juliana Cheatham) and Jeff (wife, Clarissa) McGraw; siblings, Lynda Hahesy, Jim (wife, Judy) Gearhart, Sue Gearhart, and Dick (wife, Julie) Gearhart; as well as nine nieces and nephews; and an ever-growing number of grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Mary was preceded on her journey by her grandson, Andrew Jonathan McGraw, who she can finally spoil with grandma hugs and fresh baked cookies.

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Memorial Service
April 21, 2024

10:00 AM
Leonard-Muller Funeral Home
1500 North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057
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Graveside Service
April 21, 2024

11:00 AM
Fairview Cemetery
Earlville, IA 52041
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Celebration of Life
April 21, 2024

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Windmill Hill Barn
1713 165th Street
Manchester, IA 52057
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