Mary Emblen Obituary

Mary Jane Emblen
Mary Emblen
Mary Jane Emblen

March 20, 1970 - January 15, 2014
Born in Pontiac, Michigan
Resided in Adel, IA
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Mary Jane Emblen, 43, died on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at Iles Westover Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Urbandale United Church of Christ, 3530 70th St.

Mary was born March 20, 1970, in Pontiac, Michigan to Richard and Sharon Emblen. She graduated from Iowa State University and earned her Masters in Social Work from Bellevue University in Omaha.

Mary struggled throughout her life with a variety of physical and mental ailments, but was always known for her friendly disposition, love of animals, and her family.

Mary will be missed by her brother, Charles (Jenny); three sisters, Rebecca (Andrew), Rachel (Shawn), and Susan; their respective families including nieces Lauren, Paige, Lucky, Beth, Kitiara, Rosina, and nephews Shane, Jacob, and John; and her beloved cat, Junior. Fond gratitude also goes out to the Sayers, the Duncans, the Gundersons, and anyone we may have forgotten who provided foster residence to Mary as a youth. By proxy, we include anyone involved in this life affirming work. She was preceded in death by her father Richard Emblen and adopted mother Julie Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Online condolences may be sent to


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Urbandale United Church of Christ
3530 - 70th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
3:00 PM


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128-6804