March 27, 1930 – October 15, 2013
Mary Godsey was born on March 27, 1930, in Sinton, Texas, the daughter of Herbert and Molly Leamer. She graduated from The Buckner Orphan’s Home and was a graduate of Mary-Hardin Baylor College in Waco, Texas.
On October 24, 1952, Mary married William Godsey in Sloan, Iowa. They raised four children Linda, Ann, Char, and Robert. The family moved to Sioux Center in 1957. Mary became the Home Economics teacher and FHA adviser at Sioux Center High School. She enjoyed putting on style shows with her FHA girls and taking them to state conventions.
Mary had a passion for gardening and flowers. Her flower gardens were beautiful and she shared them with various groups that toured the gardens. She had many rose gardens and since she was from Texas, Mary loved the yellow rose. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved to sew for her family and especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Mary-Hardin Baylor Alumni Association, the Women’s American Legion and the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center.
Those left to cherish her memory are her four children and their spouses, Linda and Jack Frisbie of Maryville, MO, Ann and Paul Den Herder of Haslett, MI, Char and Michael Baltes of Ankeny, IA, Robert Godsey of Bloomington, IL; twelve grandchildren, Jennifer Frisbie, Susan (Frisbie) and husband Eugene Yu, Jackie Frisbie and husband Roger Martinez, Lindsey Frisbie, Jesse Den Herder and wife Tara, Bethany (Den Herder) and husband Shannon Scholten, Kristen (Den Herder) and husband Jeremy Mason, John Den Herder, Matt Baltes and wife Kara, Michelle (Baltes) and husband Dave Breitwisch, Heather (Godsey) and husband Rodd Caldwell, Melissa (Godsey) and husband Clint Smith; fifteen great-grandchildren, Garrett Smith, Cole Smith, William Baltes, Madelyn Baltes, Audrey Baltes, Emery Baltes, Annie Scholten, Max Scholten, Jonah Den Herder, Charlie Den Herder, Violet Den Herder, Helen Caldwell, Lily Caldwell, Caleb Mason, Milo Yu, and sister Lillian Archer.
She is preceded in death by her husband William; parents Herbert and Molly Leamer, brothers, Frank Leamer, Aubrey Leamer, Ray Leamer, Herbert Leamer, and Pete Leamer, and sister, Elizabeth Mitchell.Information provided by: Memorial Services of Iowa 4208 North Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023 515.964.0592 www.memorialservicesofiowa.com