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I am sorry to have to announce (rather late now) that Mary Ann Thorson (Potter, McCollom) was taken from us December 6, 2019. Here is information I just received.

Obituary: Mary Ann Potter McCollom

WATERLOO — Mary Ann Potter McCollom, 83 of Waterloo, died Friday, Dec. 6, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.

She was born Jan. 16, 1936, in Marshalltown, daughter of Lloyd and Twyla Antle Thorson. She married James J. Potter on June 22, 1957, in Marshalltown. He died May 20, 1979. Mary married Larry E. McCollom on Aug. 30, 1998, in Waterloo.

Mary graduated from Marshalltown High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell College in Mount Vernon. She was a grade school teacher for 38 years, teaching in Cedar Rapids, Walker and Waterloo, retiring in 2000.

She was a member of Delta Phi at Cornell College and Alpha Delta Kappa in Waterloo and a longtime member of First United Methodist Church.

Survived by: her husband; two sons, Jay (Vicki) Potter of Cedar Rapids and Scott (Kelly) McCollom of Quenemo, Kan.; two daughters, Wendy Potter of Waterloo and Lea (Steven) Bohlen of Hudson, Fla.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: her parents; a son, David McCollom; and a brother, Jerry Thorson.

Memorial service: Mary Ann’s service was held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at First United Methodist Church., with Inurnment preceding the service in Waterloo Cemetery.

She was a kind and loving person. I had a chance to meet her loving parents many years ago. She will be so missed by all of us.

Dave Stover 

This website is maintainedby your classmate root administrator, Dave Stover. I can't begin to fill the shoes of Jack, who for so many years kept us all informed of changes in the profiles of our classmates, their birthdays and those who have departed. The past reunions have been wonderfully captured in photos.

I mentioned above that anyone with webpage maintenance and photography expertise who wants to volunteer to update and upgrade our webpage will be welcomed.

It would be great to capture and record the rebuilding of Marshalltown. That tornado really did its trick on us. The complete story in pictures would be a great service not only to our class but to the public at large. Perhaps we should open the page to all.

Let's discuss it.



Utilize the Links on this web site:  Classmate Profiles, Message Forum, Contact Us, In Memory, and Home Page.

Enjoy the features like New Slideshow for: Pics–1953–Dave Dickinson, Bobcat-The MHS Mascot - Phil Pattie , New Stuff-Jack Farr, and Iowa Veterans Home-Jack Farr.

Enjoy the features like Class of 1953 Reunion photos 50th 55th 60th, for: 50th (2003)-Jack Farr, 55th Memories-Jack Farr, 55th Tremont-Jack Farr, 55th Tremont-Jerry Miller, 60th Tremont-Jim Maxted and Jack Farr, and 60th Mixer-Jack Farr.

The feature 55th by Jim Maxted contains reunion photos that were submitted by Jim. Transformations is just fun with the passing years. Then and Now-Jack Farr took the photos for this intial feature. Post Script Bits, comes from our Class of 1953 Post Script.

Send in your grade school class pictures or old photos (especially group photos with your Classmates) that you wish to share with your classmates. I will post them in the feature Photo & 30th Reunion. Your Classmates will have fun finding themselves, and their friends, in your old photos. Harold Small, Harold “Bud” Lowry, Jody Maxted, Richard Miller, and Darol Kaufmann (30th Reunion photos), all submitted photos for this feature.

The Missing Classmates feature is generated by a web site program.

Once you create a profile (by creating a password) you will be able to see the profiles of your fellow classmates and interact with them. Each profile has the picture of your classmate from the 1953 Post Script Year Book.

If you change your email address, or your regular mail address, or your phone number, please update this information in your profile. When we download a hard copy of the information we can then be confident that it is correct.

Please let us know if you are aware of a classmate that has died. If you can include an obituary, it will be included in the site. When only the date of death is known please include that information. Losing a Classmate is a sad event, but, we need to share this information with each other.

The home page has a MISSING CLASSMATES option, on the lower right side of the page, to advise a fellow classmate who has not joined our site to join with us. When you are aware of an email address of a missing student please send them an invitation to join the web site.

When you communicate with a classmate who does not have an email address (or computer); do not hesitate to advise them of They may wish to contact a friend or visit a local library, to use their computer, to join our web site. You do not need to be a computer junkie to enjoy our web community of friends. Our local library has several such users using their facilities. Please contact us if you are having any difficulty creating your profile, accessing your profile, or adding photos and videos, etc.