July 4, 2013
MARY M. SPROUSE
(7/11/1935 - 6/21/2013)
Mary M. Sprouse was born July 11, 1935, in Keosauqua, Iowa. She passed from this life June 21, 2013 at the Van Buren County Hospital. She is the daughter of Herbert Dale huff and Mary D. (Hahn) Huff. When her father was killed in 1937 in a farm accident, "Maggie" and her mother went to live with her "second" mother, Aunt Lenore McIntosh and husband Derby, of Keosauqua. Her mother married Paul R, Casady of Cantril, Iowa in 1939. He became her doting father.
"Maggie" dearly loved her family and is survived by her husband of 60 years, Clyde Sprouse, daughter Teresa (Rex) Norton, Gorin, son Chris Sprouse of Calleo; grandchildren Chad Harward of Burlington, Iowa, Heather (Chris) Madison of Cedar City, Utah, Shelly (Ron) Ragen of Eldon, Iowa, Rory Norton and fiancÚ, Ashley King of LaGrange, Chelsey and friend, Chris of Florida. Also surviving are Cousins Bill (Joyce) McIntosh of Keosauqua and Mary Ann (Steve) Anderson of Donnelson, Iowa. Great- grandchildren are Ryan, Reece and Maddie Norton, Jolie Harriman and Landon Harward.
Maggie loved walking in the timber on the Casady farm where she grew up. She loved the wildflowers and hunting for morel mushrooms. She worked as a nurse's aide for many years and at age 48, returned to school to earn her LPN certificate. She had worked for the last 30 years in the Fairfield and Keosauqua area hospitals and nursing homes. She always went above and beyond in the care of her patients, and endeared herself to many families for her kindness to their loved ones. She loved sewing, quilting, reading and shopping at flea markets. She also loved playing the piano and singing. In her younger years, she performed with a local "Sweet Adelines" quartet.
She was preceded in death by her father, step-father and mother, beloved aunt, Lenore, grandson Nicholas Ryan Norton, great-grandchildren Hannah and Jackson Howard. Her sharp wit and extreme sense of humor, along with her heart-warming laughter will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved her.