Mary Hostetter Obituary

Mary  Hostetter
Mary Hostetter

March 19, 1920 - February 17, 2006
Born in Burkeburdette, TX
Resided in West Des Moines, IA


Mary Sparks Hostetter, M.D., mother of six, wife and physician, passed away Friday, February 17, 2006 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. A memorial gathering will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at Iles Funeral Home, Dunn's Chapel.

Mary was born March 19, 1920 in Burkeburdette, Texas. She was a graduate of Lindenwood College and the University of Iowa.

A pioneer in the world of women in medicine, Mary was one of five women in a class of one hundred to graduate from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1950. She interned at Broadlawns and served a pediatrics residency at Blank Children's Hospital, specializing in adolescent medicine.

Mary was Director of Student Health at Drake University for over twenty years. She was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Who's Who of American Women, and the Chi Omega Sorority. Mary was fluent in Spanish, an avid gardener and pursued the laws of physics at every opportunity.

Mary was preceded in death by husband, Dr. John Hostetter.

Her six children, Maryellen Faircloth (Art) of Kellogg, IA, Kathy Richer of West Des Moines, Sarah Hostetter (Scott) of Denver, CO, John and Jeff (Dee), both of West Des Moines, and Jesse (Shannon) of Nevada, Iowa; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild celebrate her life.




Memorial Gathering
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM