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“Katie and family-Sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Talked to Libby yesterday and she told me. Cherish all the great memories! ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: Rosalie Weis Ridgeway - Bellevue, NE

2 of 18 | Posted by: LINDA STEEL - NEW SHARON, IA

“I have so many memories of Grandma, like it was said I could never share them all, how true is that......Grandma was always such ball of energy,...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Misty Wenger - Kearney, MO

“Dearest Grandma "B",I would like to thank you for all of the happy memories that you have given to Patty,Jon,Miranda and I.We know you are in Heaven...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Robert and Kay, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Mary was such a sweet, kind and loveable lady. She has touched so many lives and will be...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Stan and Rosie Ambrose - Dunlap, IA

“our familys were good friends remember going to her house many times her and my mom were good friends prayers are with the family sandy...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: sandy tietsort allmon - omaha, NE

“Dearest Children of Mary, My parents were friends of Mary and Darrells for as long as I can remember. During the times that I would stop to visit...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Patty Booher - Mondamin, IA

“Every memory of time spent with Aunt Mary is wonderful. She was one of the most kind loving people I have ever known. Always a ready smile, great...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Deb Mullin Mills - Poplar Bluff, MO

“If, for one moment, you can look at someone with the eyes of true love, you'll know those eyes are not yours. Your eyes could never look with that...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Max Lary - San Diego, CA - Nephew

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of growing up in the neighborhood with the Baxter family and the good friends you and I became...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Libby Shinn Ring - Woodbine, IA

“Dear Kay and Robert, Please accept our sympathies. We met Mrs. Baxter during the Dunlap/St. Joe class reunions a couple of years ago and found her...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy O'Connor Ware

“sorry to hear of marys passing. she always had time for everybody. remember working with her at the produce. she didnt like mice for sure. im...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: jan behm

“So sorry for your loss. Have many fond memories working beside Mary at the Produce. She was a very hard worker and could always count on her! We had...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Deb Delozier (Barnum) - Dunlap, IA

“Will always remember Mary' smile; always friendly and smiling. Remember days when visiting in Woodbine when she served up a mighty fine lunch. A...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Walls - IA

“I remember staying overnight with you, Kay. Your mom was very nice to me! So was your dad and your whole family!!! I'm glad she lived to such a...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Egan Colbrese - Viola, IL

“My greatest,most wonderful memory of Mary is when I was little and she told me I could call her "Grams". I did not know my biological grandmothers so...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Angie Wagner Sazama - IA

“Grandma was a wonderful, fun caring person. I am honored to have had her in my life. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Dawn David - Omaha, NE

“I'm so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing but realize she has not been well for quite awhile. I certainly have a lot of fond memories of her. She...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Bobbie Ford - friend

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Mary Gertrude (Renz) Baxter was born January 10, 1921, to Conrad and Cornelia (Frazier) Renz in Dunlap, Iowa. Mary was raised in Dunlap and graduated from Dunlap High School. On October 25, 1941, Mary married Darrell Baxter in Papillion, Nebraska. Mary worked at Barnum Produce in Woodbine, Bluestar in Council Bluffs and Wilkerson's in Fort Calhoun. Darrell died on August 2, 2000.

Mary was a member of the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing. She particularly enjoyed her children and grandchildren.

Mary died on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the Sanford Hospital in Vermillion, South Dakota at the age of 91 years, five months, and 20 days.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Darrell Baxter; son, Dick Baxter; three brothers and their wives, Ernie (Ruth) Renz, Leonard (Clara) Renz and Wesley (Deliah) Renz; two sisters, Deloris Renz and Mabel (Rich) Parson; and brother-in-law, Dewey Birdsall. She is survived by four children, Marva and her husband Bob Adams of Onawa, Iowa, Kay and her husband Robert Cook of Burbank, South Dakota, Kenny Baxter and his wife Lona of Kimberling City, Missouri, Christy and her husband Gary Beistle of Polo, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Baxter of Onawa, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Birdsall of Slater, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service
3:00 pm Saturday, July 7, 2012
Fouts Funeral Home ~ Woodbine, Iowa

Rev. J. Samuel Subramanian

Mrs. Merril McElwain
Rebecca Renz

"Amazing Grace"
"In the Garden"

Recorded Selection

Pall Bearers
Jim Thompson ~ Jerry Thompson ~ Ricky Baxter
Jeff Baxter ~ Rob Cook ~ Ted Wenger

Final Resting Place
Woodbine Cemetery
Woodbine, Iowa