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Mary Ann Plants

Mary Ann Plants


Mary Ann Plants was born on June 7, 1933, in rural Brooklyn, Iowa, to Joseph and Mary (Snook) Collum. She grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1951. Mary Ann then graduated from Mount St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, where she earned a teaching degree. Mary Ann was married to James Plants on June 30, 1956, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, Iowa, where she was a life member and belonged to the Altar & Rosary Society.

Mary Ann started as a teacher in Marengo, Iowa, followed by her and Jim to pursue farming. Over the years, she and Jim owned and operated many businesses, the first being Jim & Mary’s Café where Mary Ann was well known for her potato salad.

She employed many people over the years in her business ventures, which also included J&M Roofing, Brooklyn Service Center, and Ice Cream Shoppe, to name a few.

Mary Ann was much loved in her small town. She will be remembered for her compassion and strong work ethic. Despite her large family, Mary Ann always made time for everyone by showing them love and support. She and her husband Jim have worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for their children. She would proudly boast of all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary Ann is survived by her seven children, Steve (Pauline), Bill, Dick (Sharon), Dennis (Teri), Ron (Janet), Kathy (Hamid) and Brenda (Scott); 21 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Robert (Marilyn) Collum and David (Mary Jo) Collum; his in-laws, Donna Collum, Marvin LaCaeyse, Don Brau, George Watson and Terry Collum; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann was predeceased by her husband; his parents; and his siblings, Joseph Collum Jr., Delores LaCaeyse, Patricia Brau, Joyce Watson, Tom Collum, Jim Collum and John Paul Collum, who died in infancy; her stepmother, Alma Plants and her stepfather, Roy Plants; sister-in-law, Mary Sindelar; and his nephews, Darrell Sindelar, Mike Collum and Raymond Brau.

Mary Ann died on Tuesday evening November 8, 2022 in Brooklyn, Iowa. She was 89 years old. Christian funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 14 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, November 13 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn and the Rosary will be said at 3 p.m.

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