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Mary Ogle

Funeral Services for Mary Ogle, 94, of Bedford, Iowa were held Friday, January 26, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at Cummings Family Funeral Home.  Open Visitation was Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interment was held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton, Iowa.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed towards the family to be established in Mary’s memory.  Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at under Obituaries.
Mary Elizabeth (Miller) Ogle was born in Creston, Iowa on October 6, 1929, after traveling there by train. Mary was the youngest of six children born to Thomas Jefferson and Olive Edna (Hoffman) Miller. Mary passed away peacefully on January 23, 2024, at CHI Hospital in Corning Iowa.
Mary grew up attending country schools near Blockton and Redding, Iowa. She graduated from Blockton High School in 1948 and was the Valedictorian of her class.
Mary was united in marriage, to her high school sweetheart, John Paul Ogle on October 6, 1949, on her birthday in Nashua, Iowa at the Little Brown Church in the Vale. Mary was a homemaker and took great pride in her 7 children, 14 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and 3 on the way.
Mary was an avid pinochle player, a lifelong member of the NCPC, Newcomers Pinochle Club, which was started in 1947. Mary enjoyed all kinds of cards with family, friends and neighbors. Mary loved her cards so much she once fell on the ice, broke both her wrists around noon, went to the doctor and was in Blockton playing pinochle by 1:30 p.m.
Mary loved music and enjoyed the Local Country Jam, from March through December, on Friday afternoons. She could be seen tapping her toes and keeping the beat right up front with her special lady friends. Mary was also known for her wonderful homemade mints. For weddings, showers and birthdays they were always a hit. Mary enjoyed passing this down from generation to generation.
To all who knew her as Mother Mary, Grandma Mary or Mary O; she will be remembered as a strong-willed and independent woman who never knew a stranger.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws, Guy and Mona Ogle; husband, John in 1991; son, William Earl in 2018 and daughter, Rebecca Kay in 1965; a granddaughter, Tammie in 1973; grandson, Chris in 2023; great-grandson, Michael in 2017; brothers, Duane and Robert Miller and sisters, Hazel Ruth Smith and Ada Mae Moon.
Left to cherish her memory are Nancy Ogle of Maryville, Missouri; Elizabeth (Allen) Coleman of Hopkins, Missouri; Debbie Curry of Bedford, Iowa; Sandy (Rob) Wilson of Leawood, Kansas; John Robert Ogle of Hopkins, Missouri and Belinda Ogle of rural Bedford, Iowa; two nieces, Mary Weaver of Blockton, Iowa and Jane (Roger) Manser of Chariton, Iowa along with many, many other relatives, friends, neighbors.
Mary loved cardinals and upon seeing one would say, “when you see a cardinal know that your loved one is near.”

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