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3/2/2014 Email this articlePrint this article 
Marguerite McCoy
Marguerite (Mrs. Jake) McCoy, 91, of DeWitt died Sunday evening, March 2, 2014, at The Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton.

Mrs. McCoy, the former Marguerite Rose McDevitt, was born Oct. 14, 1922, in rural DeWitt to William and Edna Ranson McDevitt. Marguerite married James "Jake" McCoy on Jan. 7, 1947, at Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt.  In Marguerite's earlier years, she taught in rural schools  and later worked in the claims department at Iowa Mutual Insurance Co. for 35 years. Her husband, Jake, preceded her in death April 10, 1986.

She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt, and the Altar and Rosary Society. She loved working with children of all ages and did so at St. Joseph Catholic School for more than 16 years.  Marguerite loved to recite the Rosary and was often called upon to do so at visitations for many years. In her later years, while residing at The Alverno, she could often be found strolling down to the chapel or spending hours at a time with her "special physical therapist," Linda Ware.

Surviving are children, Tom (Rose) McCoy of Iowa City, Joe McCoy and Mary Menneke, both of DeWitt; grandchildren, Angela Menneke of Long Grove, Kelly Menneke of Davenport and Thomas (Thomasin) McCoy of Iowa City; two great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Jude McCoy; a brother, Tom McDevitt of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Betty Noonan of Bernard; a sister-in-law, Connie McDevitt of Phoenix, Ariz.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; a special friend, Linda Ware of Fulton, Ill.

In addition to her husband, Jake, Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bill, Bobby and Jack; sisters-in-law, Elinor McDevitt and Kate Dolan; and a brother-in-law, Earl Dolan.

Visitation will be 9-10:15 a.m. Friday, March 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the church, with the Rev. Robert T. McAleer, celebrant.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Children and grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Special thanks to Linda Ware for all of the kindness shown to our mother and grandmother over the past few years at The Alverno and to all of the staff for the excellent care.

Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt is caring for the arrangements.

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