Mary Jo Kirby, the daughter of Stanley and Virginia (Poehler) Blowers, was born November 25, 1949, in Waterville, MN. Her childhood years were spent at Waterville where she received her education and graduated from Waterville High School. After graduation, she attended Mankato State where she completed their Dental Assistant Program. Mary worked for an oral surgery clinic for several years after college.
On June 24, 1972, Mary was united in marriage to Patrick Kirby in Waterville, MN. She was a loving homemaker to her husband and three children: Tony, Jeff, and Heather. Their family had lived in Mankato, Rochester, Waterville, and Aitkin, MN, before moving to Cherokee, IA, in June of 1999.
Mary enjoyed drawing, painting, and spending time at their northern Minnesota cabin. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.
On Wednesday, May 14, Mary passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Heather; her father, Stanley Blowers; one brother, Jim Blowers; and one brother-in-law, Lee "Butch" Gibbs.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Pat Kirby of Cherokee, IA, two sons, Tony Kirby and special friend Rhonda Heshiser of Dassel, MN, and Jeff (Reta) Kirby of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren: Anthony Kirby, Joshua Kirby, Maci Kirby, Alex Tesdahl, Emma Tesdahl, Matt Heshiser, Hannah Gooding, and Blake Gooding; her mother, Virginia Blowers of Waterville, MN, siblings: Judy (Dick) Clausen of Elysian, MN, Bill (Luanne) Blowers of Waterville, MN, Becky Gibbs of Lewistown, Montana, and Kathy (Dave) Worden of Galesburg, IL; and several nieces and nephews. She was also a friend of Bill W. for 30 years.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, May 19, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville, MN
Father Michael Ince
There will be a public visitation on Friday, May 16, 2014, from 5-7 P.M. with the family present at that time at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee, IA.