Mary Alice McMahill Olsen, 95, passed away at Simpson Memorial Home, West Liberty, Iowa, on July 16, 2017.
A memorial visitation will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home, West Liberty. Burial will immediately follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in West Liberty at 3 P.M. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the West Liberty Fire Department.
Mary was born on June 29, 1922 near Kidder, Missouri, the daughter of William and Alice McMahill. During WWII, she and her sister, Doris, supported the war effort by working at the munitions plant in Kansas City, Missouri. Verland and Mary were married on February 17, 1944 at Troy, Kansas. They began farming near Cameron, Missouri and moved to the West Liberty area in 1952. In 1968 they purchased the West Liberty Gambles Store, retiring in 1988. Mary attended West Liberty Christian Fellowship and was a member of the West Liberty American Legion Auxiliary, serving as treasurer for many years.
Mary is survived by daughters Carol Campbell, Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Patricia (Michael) Tharp, West Liberty and Susan (William Craig) McMahon, Washington, Iowa, one son, David (Linda) Olsen, Palo, Iowa; Robert Dewar, like a son, West Liberty, sisters Anne Wolfe and Elanor Best, Missouri; nephew Kenneth (Linda) Minor, West Liberty; grandchildren, Tim Dewar, Scott Dewar, Lara Lozano, William Tharp, Thomas Tharp, Melanie Womachka, Andy Olsen, John Olsen, Jason Olsen, Christopher McMahon, 22 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Verland, parents, 3 sisters and one brother.