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Mary Anna Hunt

Mary Anna (Parker) Hunt was born on May 12, 1943 in Malvern, Iowa, the daughter of Leonard and Helen (Stranathan) Parker. Mary Anna entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at her rural Malvern home. Mary Anna was born at home south of Malvern. She attended Country School, Forest R. Chantry Elementary School and graduated from Malvern Community High School with the Class of 1961. On February 29, 1964 she was united in marriage to Galen (Pete) Hunt in Malvern, Iowa. The couple settled in rural Malvern.

In her early years Mary Anna worked at the dime store for Emery DeWitt, Mills County Extension Office and later as a custodian for the United Methodist Church, cleaning houses and babysitting. Her most cherished job was as a wife, mother and proud grandmother.

Mary Anna was a lifetime member of the Malvern United Methodist church where she served as secretary, Sunday School Superintendent, pianist and UMW Co-Chairwoman. Many will remember the hours she spent volunteering in the kitchen, serving wedding receptions, funeral dinners, and other special church and community events. Mary Anna was also a long time member and leader of 4-H, Blood Drive volunteer, Election Committee member and active participant in the HSC and Pleasant Valley Neighborhood clubs.

Everyone knew that Mary Anna’s greatest achievement and passion was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was always ready to lend a hand or hug to whoever needed it and especially enjoyed her grandchildren. They will all have fond memories of going to grandma’s, where the refrigerator was always stocked with their favorite drinks and a tasty treat was almost assuredly on the counter. And the entire family will forever remember her famous Chocolate Fudge Cake that has been a birthday staple in the Hunt family for years.

Mary Anna is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Helen Parker, and her brother, Gary Parker. Those left to cherish her memory include husband of 48 years, Galen Hunt; daughter, Kimberly Kellison and husband Todd; son, Kevin Hunt and friend Jane Bergantzel; and daughter; Kara Coberly and husband Nathan. Survivors also include nine beloved grandchildren; Derek and Alex Kellison, Andrew, Makayla and Elissa Hunt, Wyatt, Helene, Lilian and Charlotte Coberly, other relatives and many friends.

Interment will be held in the East Liberty Cemetery, Malvern, Iowa.

A memorial fund has been established.

Visitation:Friday, June 1, 2012
6:00 PM
201 E. 5th St.
Malvern, IA51551

Service:Saturday, June 2, 2012
10:30 AM
201 E. 5th St.
Malvern, IA51551

9 Condolences

  • Kate Phelps Posted June 1, 2012 12:00 am

    Kara and family –

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was so kind and dedicated as the leader of Silver Clouds 4-H Club in my elementary days.

    Keeping you in my prayers!

    Kate Phelps

  • Teresa Simmons Posted May 30, 2012 12:00 am

    Kim and Family,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You will be in my thoughts and prayers! I am sure there are a multitude of fond memories being brought up during this time. Treasure those and as a family create even more! Sincerely,


  • Brad Michael Posted May 31, 2012 12:00 am

    I didn’t know Mary Ann very well but remeber her as always being very kind and with a smile. The family will be in my thoughts as you go through this difficult time.

  • Mary Lou Downing Posted May 31, 2012 12:00 am

    What a shock to hear Kim’s message on the answering machine. Mary Anna was like the sister I never had. We will be with you on Saturday for sure, not sure about Friday night. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Donna and Leo Rieken Posted June 1, 2012 12:00 am

    Kevin and families, so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Penny McDaniel Posted June 1, 2012 12:00 am

    Pete, Kevin, Kim, and Kara,

    Was so very sorry to hear of Mary Anna’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you travel this journey. I have so many fond memories of Grandma Helen and Mary Anna from my childhood. Praying your days will be blessed with happy memories of the one you hold so dear.

  • Rev. Shirley Albert Posted June 2, 2012 12:00 am

    Mary Anna was beloved by the First Baptist Church. She came to our church many times to play the piano along with her daughter on the organ. Her sweet nature added much to the spirit of the services. God’s comfort to the family.

  • Rosalie Terry Babiarz Posted June 6, 2012 12:00 am

    Dear Pete, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Mary Anna from our days together in 4-H before I moved to Glenwood. My sympathy goes out to you and your family. Rosalie

  • Jeff Melton Posted June 7, 2012 12:00 am

    Pete, Kim, Kevin and families –

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Mary Anna. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. I remember her well growing up – A very friendly lady who was always very involved in our school activities – she was always interested in the latest thing I was involved in and was always fun to talk to.

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