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Jessie Mae Woollums

Jessie Mae Woollums

Jessie Mae Woollums, nee Ward, was born in Wiota, IA on October 3, 1932, to Ardis and Merle Ward. She passed away on June 20, 2023 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, IA. She was one of eight children, the third daughter with five brothers following closely behind.
Jessie graduated from the Mount Ayr High School and married Carl Eugene Woollums on March 17, 1952 in Columbia, SC where Carl was stationed in the US Army. While he was training, she worked at a floral shop. Following his discharge they moved to Lenox, IA and welcomed their first daughter, Diane, into the family in 1953, followed by Cathy in 1955. The family moved to Mason City, IA. in 1957.
Jessie would have described her life as a stay-at-home wife and mother, but in the early years she was an Avon Lady and once the girls started school, she became their school’s Salad Lady. In 1970, with the tragic death of Bill, Mitzi and Jody Woollums, the family grew as they welcomed 3-year-old Suzy into the family.
Jessie was devoted to Carl and her daughters. She reluctantly took on the role of Girl Scout Leader (a job that required crafts) twice, Sunday school teacher and church member. They showed off their dance moves weekly as part of the Mason City Dance Club. She loved board games, card games and later, much to her surprise, golf. She was a faithful attender of Sunday School and literary club and had a deep love of reading and learning.
For a time, they traveled in a motor home during the winter months until they found themselves loving an area where so much of their past lives intersected in Pharr, Texas. Carl and Jessie spent 21 years during the winter months in their second home.
Jessie is survived by a legacy of family and friends, all of whom felt favored by her special love and support, daughters, Diane (Joe) Masternick, Cathy (Scott) Westermann, Suzy Woollums (Lee Gandy), granddaughters, Marty Tremain, Leah (Kyle) Rodgers, Sarah (Nick) Mariuz and Jess (Marilee) Masternick, and a half-dozen great grandchildren, her youngest brother and his wife Jim and Joyce Ward, sisters-in-law, Reba (Woollums) Schmidt, Sally Woollums, Ruth Ward, Cathy Ward and Bonnie Ward, nieces and nephews too many to mention, but who made her life all the richer.
She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Carl, her parents, Ardis and Merle Ward, sisters, Roxie Trullinger and Ruth Monaghan, brothers, Robert (Boz), Willam (Bill), Dennis (Scurve) and Tom Ward.
Memorials are to the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church, EveryStep Hospice and Sleep in Heavenly Peace Program.
Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was entrusted with the arrangements.
Services were at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Rev. Lorinda Hoover.
Musicians were Deb Cannon and Simply Voices.
Music was “Hymn of Promise” – congregational, “Who Am I” – Simply Voices, “You Are My Song” – Simply Voices, “He Lives” – congregational and “May the Good Lord Bless & Keep You” – everyone.
Pallbearers were Jason Badtram, Bill Brecht, Kyle Rodgers, Darrian Holmes, Chad Holmes and Tracy Bix.
Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.

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