Mary Margaret Iverson was taken to heaven by a host of winged angels on April 25, 2014. Mary passed at her home, in Buhl Idaho, with her loving husband of 45 years at her side, after a 30 year battle with cancer. She was 66 at the time of her passing.
Mary was born in Twin Falls, Idaho on June 16, 1947 to Frank and Emma Karel. Mary was one of eight children, with 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Mary’s childhood was spent on the farm with her family. As a child, Mary joined her three older sisters, and one younger sister, in the singing group they formed, “The Karel Sister’s”. The group performed live for various events, at Supper Clubs, and on the KART radio station, as well. She attended grade school at Lucerne school near their home , and junior high and high school in Buhl, Idaho. Mary and her siblings participated in 4-H. Mary was a cheerleader in high school, very friendly, and well liked by all. After high school Mary attended Beauty College in Twin Falls, Id., where she earned her cosmetology license, which she still holds today.
After high school, Mary met and dated her soul mate, Wayne Edwin Iverson. The couple were married at the Immaculate Conception Church on May 18, 1968 in Buhl, Idaho. Mary and Wayne raised three children, Teresa, Amy, and Mark. Mary was a constant supportive and loving presence in her children’s lives. She was always active in their sporting and school events, and was a 4-H leader for her daughters. She enjoyed camping, gardening, and quality time with family and friends. The family was named for Family of the Month in 1998 and 2002, and Family of the Year in 1998.
At the same time she raised her family, Mary managed to work as a Laboratory Technician, and various other positions, for 37 years, at Green Giant/Seneca. Mary also continued to practice cosmetology for family and friends. Mary was passionate about sharing her love of music through singing. She shared her talents at countless weddings, funerals, and in community Cantata's and choirs. She also sang regularly in her own church. Mary and “The Karel Sisters” produced a CD “Christmas at Home” in 2005 . Mary was always active in her church activities and fund raisers. She was often president of the Buhl Council of Catholic Women, and also held a state office in the Idaho Council of Catholic Women. Mary was nominated twice, and awarded Woman of the Year 2011-2012.
Despite her own health issues, Mary was always concerned about others. She cared for her own mother for 2 months before her passing, and has assisted in caring for her mother in law for several years. Mary was constantly visiting recovering or ill friends and community members. Mary also participated in the delivery of Meals on Wheels.
Mary is survived by her loving husband, Wayne Edwin Iverson; two daughters, Teresa Clancy, and Amy (Taryn) Prestin; one son, Mark (Desiree) Iverson; five grandchildren, Austin (22)and McKenzie (19)Clancy, Karson (10), Karter, (10) and Taytom (4) Prestin, Brinley (10)and Braylin (6)Iverson; sisters Barbara (Dan) Karel-Gramke, Kathleen (Tom) Cahill, Constance (Larry) Elford, Teresa (Gary) Carlson; brothers Francis (Angie) Karel, Douglas (JoAnn) Karel, Jerald (Nina) Karel.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Emma Karel, and their respective families.
A viewing for family and friends will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday April 28, 2014 at The Immaculate Conception Church in Buhl. A rosary will follow the viewing at 7:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29 , 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Buhl. Services will conclude with burial at the Buhl Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Farmer Funeral Chapel, Buhl, Idaho.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the ICU staff and transport at St. Luke's Hospital Meridian, Hospice Visions of Twin Falls, and especially the 24 hour in home nursing care for their gentle and compassionate care of our mom (“Gramma Mary”) and our family, as well. The family wishes any donations made in Mary’s name be sent to: Hospice Visions, Inc. 1770 Parkview Dr. Twin Falls Id. 83301