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OBIT: Mary Elizabeth Patterson

Mary Elizabeth Patterson passed away peacefully at home on November 20th, 2023, after a battle with cancer. Mary requested that no funeral be held for her.

Mary Elizabeth Patterson passed away peacefully at home on November 20th, 2023, after a battle with cancer.

Mary was born October 3rd, 1953 in Ames, Iowa, the youngest child of John and Jane (Hilton) Gilmore.

Mary graduated from Mason City High School, was united in marriage to Jim Schupbach and welcomed her only child, Heidi, during their union.

Mary always had a wonder lust and dreamed of traveling the country and living in beautiful Colorado. She fulfilled that wish and also lived in several other scenic states including Hawaii and Florida. Her sense of adventure took her many places where she met lifelong friends with whom she kept in contact.

Mary held many jobs over her lifetime but is best known for her career as a massage therapist. Massage therapy was a true calling for Mary as she always wanted to rid everyone of their aches and pains.

Mary’s last chapter of life was spent back home in Mason City where she was able to connect with many local friends and family. Some of her most special moments during this time were making new memories with her younger brother Tom. Mary also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her beloved companion dog, Mikey.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Heidi (Perry) Ressler; grandchildren, Cole (Sierra) Schupbach, Tyler Pierce, and Peyton Ressler; great-granddaughters, Ava and Austyn Schupbach; her brothers John (Shirley) Gilmore and Tom Seeberger; her sister-in-law, Mary Gilmore; many special nieces and nephews; and her former mother-in-law Ardis Pitman.

Mary was preceded in death by her father, John Gilmore; mother, Jane Rice; step-father Albert Seeberger; brothers, Tim and Chuck Gilmore; sister-in-law, Linda Gilmore; and special friend, Tim Kenney.

Mary requested that no funeral be held for her but instead wanted a BIG 70th birthday bash. Which she had just six weeks before she passed away. 55 guests attended, each one dressed up as a pirate (at her request), and were able to celebrate her life as she wanted, with laughter and fellowship.

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