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Mary Ann Stuedemann, 73, passed peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA, after a courageous battle with cancer. She faced her illness with courage and a positive attitude up until the day she passed. Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday Jan. 27th at Pape Funeral Home in Clinton, IA. Visitation will be Friday, January 26th from 4 7 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Memorials can be made to Clarissa Cook Hospice Home in Bettendorf, IA or Community Congregational Church in Clinton, IA.
She was born on January 27, 1944, to George and Ida Washburn in Seattle, WA, while her father served in the US Coast Guard. She attended grade school in Wheatland, IA, and Junior High and High School in Calamus, IA where she graduated in 1962. She then attended cosmetology school and was a beautician for several years. While in cosmetology school, she met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) T. Stuedemann, when she went on a blind date with him. They were married on February 13, 1965 at Faith Lutheran Church in Calumus, IA. They had been married for 47 years when he passed on April 3th, 2012.
Mary Ann did various kinds of work in the Clinton area over the years. She met many wonderful people and friends, many of which she had kept in contact with throughout her life. She retired in 2006 from McGladrey & Pullen in Clinton, IA. After retiring, she took great joy in traveling and having family and friends over to the house to enjoy her swimming pool. She took pride in all the flowers in her backyard around her pool. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending all their events. Mary Ann also loved to travel. She has attended the Vietnam reunions all over the US, been on cruises and trips to tropical islands, including Hawaii. She has also traveled to Japan, Mexico, Aruba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands. One of her most treasured trips was to the Cayman Islands where she went with Bob just weeks before his passing. She was a long-time member of Community Congregational Church in Clinton, IA, where she had many friends who supported her through her illness. She loved her church and the people of her congregation.
She is survived by her son, Troy (Nancy) Stuedemann of Clinton, IA, her daughter, Darcie (Chad) Melody, of LeClaire, IA, four grandchildren, Cole (Marquel) Stuedemann of Union, MO, Abby Stuedemann of Iowa City, IA, and Collin and Paige Melody of LeClaire, IA, one sister, Nancy (Alan) Elias of Davenport, IA, a sister-in-law Barb (Tom) Neill of Clinton, IA, as well as a number nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George & Ida Washburn, and her loving husband of 47 years, Bob. May she be free and fly with the angels now!
Published on January 23, 2018
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