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Esther Marie Mueller

Posted October 25, 2012 in Des Moines West, Obituaries

July 15, 1920 – October 19, 2012

Esther Marie Mueller

Esther Marie (Moore) Rowley Mueller, 92, died on October 19, 2012. She was born on July 15, 1920 in a home in what is now Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa, to parents Ethel M. (Samuels) and Asa O. Moore. In 1930, she became the step-daughter of John Brick.

Marie attended Harding Jr. High and East High School in Des Moines. In 1941, she and Denton E. Rowley eloped in El Paso, Texas, and were married until his death in 1965.

Their daughters Mary L. Beauregard (Ray) and Sherry M. Rowley and sons James D. Rowley (Debbie) and Michael J. Rowley (Mary), along with her sister Judy Schaffer (Michael), survive her. She was the grandmother of eight, great-grandmother of 18, and great-great-grandmother of two. Marie was married to Jack Mueller in 1974, until his death in 1990.

She was a founding member of the “Brownwoodians,” a nationwide group of wives and families of the original 113th Cavalry of the Iowa National Guard who trained at Brownwood, Texas, during WWII. In the early 1940s, chapters of the Brownwoodians could be found in IA, IL, MN, KS, MO, NE, OK, TX, PA, LA, and CA. She was also a current member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In addition to parents and spouses, she was preceded in death by a grand-daughter, Ann-Marie Beauregard, two brothers, Lester H. Moore (Alvina) and George L. Moore (Louise), and two sisters, Mildred E. Harris and Geri Brick.

The family is appreciative of the wonderful care and support of Iowa Hospice and the many friends and staff members of SilverCrest at the Woodlands.

A short graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. at Glendale Cemetery on Monday, October 22, 2012. Memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Rescue League or Iowa Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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