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Marian Ruth Heady 93, passed away on June 30, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday July 5, at Adams Funeral Home in Ames. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday July 6, at the Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames with burial in the Iowa State Cemetery.
Marian was born on August 23, 1918 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Ernest and Clara Hoppert. She graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska, where she was a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron and Omicron Nu Honorary Fraternities, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and was on the Farmer's Fair Board for three years. She taught high school vocational homemaking in Nebraska City, Nebraska. On March 1, 1941, she married Earl O. Heady and resided in Ames from that time on.
She was past president of Faculty Women's Club (ISU Women's Club) and Chapter HN of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, member and officer of Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae Club, ISU Economics Women, International Student Furniture Exchange, and numerous church groups, including Collegiate United Methodist Women. She taught Sunday school for many years.
She entertained and assisted Earl's graduate students and families, who came from countries all over the world. They were like family to both Marian and Earl. Earl's position at Iowa State led to extensive foreign travel for both of them. Marian was also very devoted to her own children and their families, of whom she was very proud. She had a wide variety of interests, and enjoyed her many friends and activities.
Survivors include a son, Stephen, Portland, Oregon; a daughter, Barbara Heady (Stan Smith); two grandsons, Andrew Kling (Susan) and Nathan Kling (Elizabeth); and four great grandchildren (Lydia, Miriam, Zoe, and Jonah Kling). She was preceded in death by her parents, her three sisters, her husband, her daughter Marilyn, a granddaughter, and a grandson.
Memorials may be donated to Collegiate United Methodist Church or Northcrest Retirement Community.
Online condolences may be left at adamssoderstrum.com.
Published in Des Moines Register on July 3, 2012