January 9, 1936 – September 24, 2013
Mary Lou Clemons, 77, of Ankeny, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny. Visitation will be held Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. also at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church.
As a young girl, Mary Lou Formaro attended St. Joseph’s Academy for girls in Des Moines. She received permission from the bishop to leave St. Joseph’s at the age of 16 years old to enter the convent of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood CPPS in O’Fallon, MO, where she continued her education. She attended St. Louis University where she received her master’s degree.
Mary Lou received her final vows in 1959 and was given the religious name of Sister Mary Frances Cabrini, CPPS. Sister Cabrini taught in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Colorado.
After careful discernment, Mary Lou left the religious community and returned to Des Moines to teach in the Des Moines Community Public Schools for many years until her retirement. It was during this time that she met and fell in love with her wonderful husband, George Clemons.
Mary Lou and George loved to travel and catch up with old friends from all over the country. Mary Lou always treasured her Italian heritage, family events, and most of all, her Catholic faith. She was a member of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish in Ankeny. Mary Lou met regularly with a group of friends from her high school days, and she cherished the joy and laughter that surrounded these “get togethers”. She also enjoyed accompanying George on their many trips to Ames to see their beloved Cyclones.
Mary Lou is survived by her beloved husband, George, as well as her step daughter, Sharron Clemons. Mary Lou also leaves behind her loving brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Karen Formaro, niece, Kimberly Formaro Miller (Chris), great nephews, Tommy and Joey Miller, as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Margarite Formaro.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Bishop Drumm as well as Mercy Hospice for the loving and gentle care they provided to Mary Lou and her family in their time of need.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice, Our Lady’s Immaculate Catholic Church, or the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood CPPS.Information provided by: Memorial Services of Iowa 4208 North Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023 515.964.0592 www.memorialservicesofiowa.com