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Mary Jean Burgess

February 12, 1938 ~ October 8, 2020 (age 82)


Mary J. Burgess, 82, of Cedar Rapids and formerly of Olin passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Her wishes are being granted of a private graveside service at the Olin Cemetery at a later date.

Mary Jean was born on February 12, 1938 in Anamosa, Iowa to Charles and Mary Eleanore (Barker) Burgess. She graduated from Olin High School. Mary worked at SIEG Automotive for over 33 years and also worked at the Board of Realtors and Steel Fabrication for a number of years.

She was a member and past president of both the Business Women’s Organization and East Iowa Heirloom Quilters. Also, she was a member of the National Button Society and had collected over 140 gallons of buttons over the years. Mary enjoyed quilting, knitting and volunteering at St. Luke’s Hospital for many years. She served security at Five Seasons and bartended on the side at the American Legion in Cedar Rapids early in her career.

Those left to cherish her memories are her brother Roger (Mary Ann) Burgess of Roseville, CA and a nephew Jon Burgess and his son and daughter all of Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister Joyce, brother Joseph and a nephew Jeff Burgess.

The family would like to thank Northbrook Manor Care for the great care she received there, and a special thank you to St. Luke’s Hospice floor for her care in her final days.


Memorials may be directed in her honor to the Cedar Rapids Cancer Society. 



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