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Mary Lou Oliver

May 9, 1934 ~ June 7, 2020 (age 86)


Mary Lou Oliver, 86, of Burlington, died at 3:22 AM Sunday, June 7, 2020, at the Great River Medical Center.

Born May 9, 1934, in Mt. Pleasant, IA, she was the daughter of Wayman L. and Mary Cecil Cooper Harris. On December 28, 1951, she married Glen Dale Oliver in New London. He passed away on December 12, 2006.

Mary enjoyed working and helping others. Over the years she worked for Mitchell Nursing Home, Des Moines County Home, and New London Care Center as the Activity Director. She was also a cook for The Burlington Hotel and the Bakery in Westland Mall. Mary fell in love with her preschool kids, when she worked for Des Moines County Head Start Program.

She was extremely proud to be a Senior Regent and an active member of the Moose Lodge in Burlington for many years. Mary enjoyed Bingo, shopping, traveling, and socializing. Most of all, Mary loved spending time and sharing stories about her family.

Survivors include her children, Mary Pamela (Ben) Johnson, David Mitchell (Mallory) Oliver, Marketa Sue George-Oliver (Ernest George), and Jonathan Dale (Dawn) Oliver; one daughter-in-law, Robin Oliver; eight grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; one sister, Wanda Smith, three sisters-in-law, Joan Harris, Frances Oliver, and Helen Hohl, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, son Sammuel Len Oliver, infant twins, and two brothers Eldon Leon and Lloyd Harris, 

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

A memorial gathering for Mrs. Oliver will be from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Outdoor Shelter in Perkins Park. The family will be practicing social distancing.  A private family burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mt Pleasant for Mary and Glen. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

To send flowers to Mary's family, please visit our floral store.


Memorial Gathering
July 25, 2020

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Perkins Park
1429 West Ave
Burlington, IA 52601

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