Mary Grace Mayer


December 21, 1929 - March 8, 2018

Mary Grace Mayer, age 88, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, of Iowa City, formerly of Keota, passed peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Mary Grace was born December 21, 1929, in rural Keota, the daughter of Harry and Iva (Lenninger) Heisdorffer and graduated from Keota High School. On August 26, 1950, she was united in marriage to William Mayer at St. Mary Catholic Church in Keota. She worked with her husband in their business, Service By Mayer Service Station, in Keota until retirement in 1986.

Mary Grace enjoyed traveling and experiencing all that life had to offer. She was an avid learner and took senior classes through the University. It was the love and passion she had for her faith, family and friends. Her family was her legacy and she savored every part of life. Everyone called her "Grandma Gracie" and loved her. For several years she wrote a column for the Keota Eagle newspaper called, "Bird Notes." She was a member of the Fortnightly Club, Catholic Daughters, Questers and Garden Club in Iowa City.

Survivors include six children and their spouses: Jacquelyn (Stan) Herr of Robins, Jennifer (Curtis) Bell of Keota, Jerilyn (John Merrill) Klein of Keota, Janelle (Bill) Kamerling of Lisbon, Janie (Matthew) Hahn of Keota and Joseph Christopher Mayer of Ankeny; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren that she considered her "cherubs"; and sister, Claudine Erwin of Keota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill (Snapper) in 1996; sons: John Harry Mayer and infant James William Mayer; infant daughter, Jill Kathleen Mayer; grandson, Elijah James Hahn; and brother, Arden.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Holy Trinity Parish - St. Mary Catholic Church in Keota, with Rev. Charles Fladung officiating. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemeteries - St. Mary Cemetery in Keota. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Powell Funeral Home in Keota, where there will be a rosary and wake service at 4:00 p.m

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