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Mary Louise "Mary Lou" Buchanan

February 21, 1925 January 10, 2019
Mary Louise "Mary Lou" Buchanan
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Obituary for Mary Louise "Mary Lou" Buchanan

Mary Louise “Mary Lou” Buchanan, 93, lifelong resident of Iowa City, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Solon Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Iowa City with Father Steve Witt officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, January 16 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City with a rosary at 7 pm. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The Salvation Army.

Mary Lou was born on February 21, 1925 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Carl A. and Margaret E. Strohmeyer. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1947 and taught science for two years in Springfield, Illinois before moving back to her beloved Iowa City and teaching for many more years at South East Junior High. On June 19, 1965, Mary Lou married Edward B. Buchanan, Jr. in Iowa City.

A certified Johnson County Master Gardener, Mary Lou was a member of Iowa City Project Green and the Harshbarger Hosta Society. She also belonged to the Craft Guild of Iowa City, where she pursued her interest in spinning and weaving, and to The University Club of Iowa City.

An avid antique collector with encyclopedic knowledge of Iowa City area history, Mary Lou was a devoted member of the Iowa City Chapter of Iowa Questers. She spent many hours curating and adding to the Buchanan family historical record and took great delight in the birth of each of her 14 grand nieces and nephews and her 12 great-grands.

Mary Lou is survived by three nephews: James (Margaret) Carroll, William (Karen) Carroll and Scott (Judy) Buchanan, and three nieces Judy (Dale) Moore, Heather (Kevin) Smith and Joanne (Brian) Hopkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ed and a brother, Richard C. Strohmeyer.

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4:00 PM 1/16/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/16/2019 7:00:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

A rosary will be recited at 7pm.

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States





10:00 AM 1/17/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church -- Iowa City

228 E. Jefferson Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

St. Mary's Catholic Church -- Iowa City
228 E. Jefferson Street Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Joseph's Cemetery- Iowa City Final Resting Place

1122 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

1122 N. Dodge Street Iowa City 52245 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

The Salvation Army

1116 Gilbert Court
Iowa City, IA 52240

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