Bessie Mae Gary, 93, Toledo, and formerly of Montour, passed away, Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Carrington Place of Toledo. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Living Faith United Methodist Church in Tama with Pastor Brian Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Montour. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 12, from 4 6 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Bessie was born on April 15, 1918, at Montour, the oldest of four children to Homer and Maymie (Dolezal) Booth.
She grew up in Montour and graduated as valedictorian in 1936 from Montour High School. She later attended Central Iowa Business College in Marshalltown. She worked in the office for the Marshall Electric Company and KFJB before her marriage. On Sept. 11, 1941, she was united in marriage to Rolland Gary at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They had always lived and worked together on the Gary farm south of Montour until moving to the Village Apartments in Toledo in the year 2000. Carrington Place became their home in 2007. She was a member of Living Faith United Methodist Church. During her faith journey she taught the four-year-old Sunday school class for several years, and was a member of the UMW. Bessie loved gardening, sewing, and a good garage sale. She enjoyed sending cards to friends and relatives. Family was very important to Bessie and she enjoyed every time they could gather together.
Bessie Mae Gary
Preceding her in death where her parents; two brothers, Mark Booth and Warren Booth; and a son-in-law, Kenny Lowry.
Survivors include her husband, Rolland, Toledo; a daughter Kay Lowry, Gladbrook; a son Larry (B.J. Moore) Gary, Hurricane, Utah; five grandchildren, Mark (Linda) Lowry, Gladbrook, Kathy (Scott) Vavroch, Gladbrook, Paul (Kari) Lowry, Platte City, Mo., Derek Gary, DeKalb, Ill. and Hilary (Andy) Raih, DeKalb, Ill.; four great-granddaughters, Kendra Vavroch, Kayla Vavroch, Sydney Vavroch and Lillian Raih; a sister, Myrtle Thompson, Marshalltown; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to Living Faith United Methodist Church.