Mary Kay Willis

Aug 2, 2018
Willis, Mary web


11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Garden View Chapel


One hour prior to services at Garden View Chapel


Garden of Memories Cemetery


May be directed to the Cedar Bend Humane Society


Mary Kay Willis, 80, of Waterloo, died at the Martin Health Center of Western Home Communities, on Thursday, August 2, 2018 of natural causes.

Mary was born on November 22, 1937 in Iowa City, daughter of Lee and Nellie (Gamble) Morehouse.

She graduated from Waterloo East High.

Mary married Mervyn Edwin Willis on September 1, 1956 in Waterloo. He died August 23, 1994. 

She worked as a certified nursing assistant at Friendship Village for many years.

Mary loved cats. She used to breed and sell Persian cats, although it was often difficult to let them go. She enjoyed spending time with her family as well as entertaining friends over a cup of coffee at her kitchen table.

Survived by three daughters, Nita Willis of Waterloo, Geraldine “Ellie” (Jerry) Hanson of Wrightsville, PA, , and Kathryn (Steven) Beenken of Grundy Center; a son, Steven (Tamra) Willis, of Waterloo; twelve grandchildren, Jenny and Janette Smith, Nathaniel, Brandon, and Kayla Willis, Robert and Mathew Hanson, Kyle, Amber, Alissa, Alex and Josh Willis; five great-grandchildren, Blake and Lexi Smith, Jayce Willis, Bradley Hanson and Bryce Hanson; a sister, Ruth Morehouse of Waterloo; and two brothers, Joseph Morehouse of Waterloo and Byron (Ardis) Morehouse of Evansdale.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Timothy Willis; a grandson, Christopher Willis; and a sister, Donna Bentley.


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  1. Linda Schneider | Aug 02, 2018
    So sorry for you loss, your family are in our thoughts and prayers.  I remember Aunt Mary was always so sweet and kind when we would visit.   Linda and Gary Schneider

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