KEOTA-Mary Statler, age 96, of Keota, died Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at Parkview Manor in Wellman.
Mary was born September 2, 1923, in Somers, Iowa, to Arthur and Mary Frances (Quinlan) Moeller. She graduated from high school in Somers, IA, received her B.A. at the University of Iowa and did graduate work for two years at Washington University in St. Louis. Mary lived in Beverly Hills, California for two years and St. Louis, Missouri for two years, during WWII. On June 29, 1947, she married Kay Statler at the Methodist Church in Iowa City. Mary taught English and speech for 14 years and also farmed for several years. She was a member of the United Church of Faith, where she taught Sunday School for over 50 years and belonged to the women's organizations. She served on the Advisory Council for Governor Ray for six years, State Board of the Methodist Retirement Homes and Care Centers, Educational Chair on the State Fire Board, and was instrumental in bringing the "jaws of life" into use in the State of Iowa. She was President of the Washington County Republican Women, Washington County Republican Central Committee 20 years, was a 50 + year member of T.T.T. and a charter member of Questers in Washington, IA. Mary enjoyed her many friends and relatives, reading, watching PBS programs and telling a good story.
Survivors include her daughter: Candice Kay (Steven C.) Meyer of Appleton, WI; granddaughter: Erica Kay (Michael T.) Poremba and great grandchild Riley Markay of Woodstock, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 50 years Kay W. Statler and three brothers Arthur Moeller, John Moeller and Fabian Moeller.
Visitation will be on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Powell Funeral Home in Keota, IA. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the United Church of Faith in Keota, IA, with Pastor Vince Homan officiating. Burial will be at Keota Cemetery followed by a funeral luncheon at the United Church of Faith in Keota, IA.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for national and international mission projects through the United Church of Faith. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Keota is caring for Mary and her family. Tributes may be made at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.