Marye Dusenbery Obituary

Marye Virginia Peel  Dusenbery
Marye V. Dusenbery
Marye Virginia Peel Dusenbery

February 21, 1922 - December 31, 2010
Born in Western Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Marye was born in western Iowa on February 21, 1922, and adopted by James and Gertrude Peel through Des Moines' Christ Child Home a few days later. She remained a loyal Des Moines resident until her death on December 31, 2010, and always held a special place in her heart for adopted children and adoptive parents.

On July 30, 1942, she married the love of her life, John "Bud" Dusenbery, Jr., whom she has mourned since his death on July 14, 1986. They loved and honored their parents, devoted their life and love to their children, Daniel and Victoria, and their grandchildren, and were good and thoughtful neighbors, co-workers, and friends to many. Marye carried on this tradition with her great-grandchildren and never missed a game, recital, concert, honor assembly, or birthday until dementia advanced to limit her activity in recent years.

Marye "adopted" those around her, making family wherever she went. Her Des Moines Police Department family were neighbors and benefactors in her youth and became colleagues when she served there as a switchboard operator from 1943-68. She felt like family to her fellow employees at the City of Des Moines, where she greeted the public in person and by phone as receptionist from 1968-84 and then worked part-time in the City Clerk's office during retirement. Her neighbors on 46th Street, where she lived for 52 years, were family, too, with younger generations there, along with her grandchildren's friends, knowing her as "Grandma D." Loving, nurturing, and caring for her in her last years were her family members�both staff and residents�at Wesley Acres Health Center and the doctors and other health care professionals who went beyond the call of duty.

St. John's Lutheran Church, where she was an Elder, was her Church family for nearly 60 years. She was also active for many years in City of Des Moines Retiree activities and was especially proud of her contribution to the research, writing, and distribution of Behind the Badge, a book documenting the history of the Des Moines Police Department.

In addition to her loving husband, Bud, with whom she is at last joyfully united, she was preceded in death by her parents, her step-parents, Loren Bain and Mildred Peel, and her step-brother, James Peel, Jr. Mourning her loss, while living in the joyful hope of one day joining her to serve in God's presence for eternity, are her children and their families: daughter Victoria Dusenbery Carver, grandsons Matthew (Renee) and Tim (Darci) Carver, granddaughters Melinda Carver (Jonathan) Hansen and Liz (S. Chris) Nelson; and their children, Jessi, Maddie, Max and Rockne Carver; Katie and Gabriel Carver; Gaby and Sam Hansen; and Jack and Lily Nelson; son Dan (Chris) Dusenbery, grandson Brian Dusenbery, granddaughters Lyssa Dusenbery (Kurt) Hoffmann and Jacki (Barry) Graham, and their children, Jakob and Abrielle Hoffmann and Liam and Luke Graham (all the above in Greater Des Moines); and "adopted" daughter Patti (Lew) Pond, of Clovis, CA, and their children Jeff and Andrea. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Darlene Peel, and by nieces and nephew and their families whom she adored, all in California, and by too many dear friends to name.

Funeral Services will be at 11am Thursday, January 6th, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 6th and Keo, Des Moines, with burial at Masonic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 - 7pm Wednesday, January 5, at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or the Des Moines Police Officers Burial Association.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. John's Lutheran Church
600 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50309
Thursday, January 6, 2011
11:00 AM
Masonic Cemetery
1550 48th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, January 6, 2011


St. Johns Lutheran Church
600 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA US