Mary Jo Buckley

Mary Jo Buckley

A memorial gathering will be held Monday, May 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf.

Memorials may be directed to Mary Jo’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Mary Jo was born April 28, 1951, in Clinton, the daughter of Leo and Alice Scott Brugman.  She was united in marriage to Larry Buckley on July 6, 1974, in Clinton.

Mary Jo grew up in Clinton, where she had many close friends who enjoyed fun shenanigans, as most teenagers do.  She was blessed to keep some of those wonderful friends throughout her life.  Mary Jo and her loving husband shared their home in DeWitt with their daughter, granddaughter, her boyfriend and their great-grandson. 

Mary Jo was employed at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home as their administrative assistant and as their hairdresser.  She loved her job immensely and never considered it work. Mary Jo was not only a part of the funeral home staff, but also was considered a part of the family.

Mary Jo loved going to the casino with her adoring husband and trying to win big! She treasured spending time with her family, especially playing blocks and cuddling with her great-grandson.  On warm days, Mary Jo enjoyed driving around with the top down in her convertible “Bug.”  She was admired greatly by her daughter and her granddaughter, to whom she meant the world.

Those left to honor her memory are her husband, Larry; a daughter, Erica; a granddaughter, Eleana and her boyfriend, Dylan Kaczinski; and a great-grandson Emmett, a.k.a. Babycakes.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lee.

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