Mary Muell Obituary

Mary Helen Muell
Mary Helen Muell
Mary Helen Muell

October 22, 1919 - May 2, 2006
Born in Ashland, OH
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Mary Helen Muell, 86, of Wesley Acres, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church preceded by a private burial. The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, at Westover Funeral Home.

Born in Ashland, Ohio, she was one of eight children of Perry Rankin Welch and Vera Belle Wicks Welch. She graduated from Ashland High School in 1937 and was a member of the National Honor Society. In 1942, she earned a bachelor of science in education from Ohio State University. Shortly after graduating, she married Victor Joseph Muell, an engineer for Curtiss-Wright Corporation. The couple lived in Columbus, Ohio and Cedar Grove, N.J. before moving to Des Moines in 1951, where she became an active volunteer in various organizations, such as PTA, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She expressed love and support for her family and friends often and in many ways.

In 1956, she began teaching physical education at North High School and continued there until she retired in 1982. In the late 1960s, she was president of the Iowa Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In retirement, she took much pleasure in serving others. She was a volunteer with the Blank Guild; a member of the board of directors of Bidwell Riverside Center, a social service agency; and a deacon at Central Presbyterian Church.

An avid tennis enthusiast, she was a long-time member of the Des Moines Racquet Club. Her achievements on the court culminated in 1995 at age 78 with a silver medal for singles tennis at the National Senior Olympics. She was accomplished in cooking, gardening and many crafts, including quilting, crocheting and needlework. Also, she would play bridge at the drop of a hat.

Active for many years in the Friendship Force, a group that promoted friendship among people of different countries, she hosted many foreign visitors and traveled to China, Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Russia, France and Yugoslavia.

Survivors include four children: Elizabeth (David) Bishop of Clive, Catherine (Allan Englekirk) Mount of Spokane, Wash., James (Carol Hafford) Muell of Tracys Landing, Md. and Melinda (Jack Coffman) Voss of St. Paul, Minn.; eight grandchildren: James (John Cantwell) Reed of Eagle Rock, Calif., Megan (Chris) Johnson of Costa Mesa, Calif., David (Rheanna) Reed of Evergreen Park, Ill., Jonathan (Stephanie) Mount of Phoenix, Ariz., Zachary

(Sarah) Voss of Des Moines, Andrew Voss of St. Paul, Minn., Benjamin and Augustin Muell of Tracys Landing, Md.; three great grandchildren, Lainey, Beau and Dane Johnson of Costa Mesa, Calif.; two sisters, JoAnn Gore of Huntsville, Ala.; and Sara Jane Davidson of Denton, Md.; a sister-in-law, Bettyann Welch of Ashland, Ohio and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and five siblings.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Bidwell Riverside Center, 1203 Hartford Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50315; Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter, 1730 28th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265 or Central Presbyterian Church, 3839 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312.





Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, May 5, 2006
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Presbyterian Church
3729 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, May 6, 2006
11:00 AM