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Mary Elizabeth Grimes

January 14, 1932 — January 2, 2023

Mary Elizabeth Grimes, 90, a lifelong resident of Fairfield passed away peacefully on January 2, 2023, at Addington Place.

Mary was born January 14, 1932, to William H. and Ethel (Howsare) Nicholson near Crawfordville, Iowa.  Mary attended school there and later attended her high school years in Washington, Iowa.  Mary moved to Fairfield and met the love of her life Earl E. Grimes.  They married on July 3, 1954.  Mary worked for over 30 years for the Fairfield Glove Factory.  She also helped Earl on their small acreage farm outside of Fairfield where she enjoyed planting a very large garden which she shared the produce with many.  Mary’s true passion was preparing all the holiday meals and family get-togethers.

Mary loved playing cards, bingo, planting flowers, and having her little dog (Abby) on her lap.  She belonged to the First United Methodist Church, served on the Fairfield Community Center board, past member of the Fairfield women’s club, and a faithful supporter of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Mary was proceeded in death by her husband, parents, mother-in-law Mary Belle Grimes, and brother William E. (Bill) Nicholson.

Surviving to cherish her memories are her son Leonard (Linda) Grimes of Pella, and her daughter Connie (John) Rathbun of Fairfield.  Her grandchildren: Scott (Angie) Grimes, Brian (Stephanie) Grimes, Heather Rathbun and Nathan Rathbun.  Four great granddaughters, one brother Mike (Judy) Nicholson, two sisters Ruth Stanley and Barbara (John) Gronwald.

The Behner Funeral Home is taking care of Mary’s arrangements.  A celebration of life will take place at the First United Methodist Church on April 21, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with co officiating by Pastor Al Coffin and Chaplain Gordon Hawkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to EveryStep Hospice or Fairfield Community Center.

Cards may be sent to Connie Rathbun at 300B S Maple Street, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.

A special thank you to Addington Place and EveryStep Hospice for the loving care they gave to our mother.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Friday, April 21, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

201 North Court Street, Fairfield, IA 52556

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