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Mary Parmley

January 15, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Mary Parmley, 74, of Grinnell and formerly of Tama, died on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at University Hospitals in Iowa City.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 18, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Burial will be at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Malcom.

A luncheon reception following the memorial for friends and family will be held from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. at Eagles Club in Grinnell.

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Mary Parmley

Friends may call at the funeral home beginning 12 noon on Thursday and the family will be present at the funeral home from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Memorials may be directed to the Mary Parmley Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home.

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Mary was born on April 4, 1938, near Toledo, to Oren and Irene Helleso Long. The family moved to Tama and she graduated with the Class of 1956 from Tama High School.

On Oct. 14, 1956, she was married to Dale Butler at the Trinity Lutheran Church near Malcom. The couple had three sons, Randy, Rick and Mike and they farmed near Malcom. Following Dale's death the family moved to Grinnell and she began a long career in the restaurant business at the Long Horn. She was married to Thomas Parmley on Jan. 24, 1966, in Sycamore, Ill. and to this union was born one son, Brad. The couple operated the Long Horn in Grinnell and later moved to Montezuma, where they owned and operated the Maid Rite and Tom and Mary's Restaurant.

Mary will be remembered as a "people person" and she enjoyed socializing with family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Rick Butler, Mike Butler and Brad Parmley, all of Grinnell; her step-children, Lisa Parmley of Council Bluffs, Valerie Leviton and Sylvia Parmley, both of Tucson, Az. and Chris Parmley of Council Bluffs; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and one sister, Connie Turnus of Tama. She was preceded in death by both of her husbands; her parents; one son, Randy Butler; and her brother, Robert Long.



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