In Memory of

Mary Alice Plagman

March 7, 1926 - July 14, 2019
From: Alta, IA | Originally: Peterson, IA
Mary Alice Plagman

Mary Alice Plagman

Born: March 7, 1926
Died: July 14, 2019
Age: 93

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Formerly of Peterson 

    Mary Alice Plagman, the daughter of Peter and Etta (Thomas) Raveling, was born on March 7, 1926 on the family farm in Clay County, Iowa. She was raised and attended country schools near Peterson. She then went to Peterson High School graduating in 1943. She worked at the Peterson Bank during high school until she was married.

     Mary Alice married Charles Ray Plagman on December 3, 1944 in Peterson, Iowa. Following their marriage, Mary Alice went with Charles to Tennessee and Maryland while he served in the military, with the Army Air Corp. After his discharge in 1946, they moved to rural Marathon for a short time, before moving to rural Peterson.

     She started working in 1968, again at the Peterson Bank in the Income Tax Department. She worked there for 4 years, before she and Birdie Tibbetts created their own business, Peterson Tax Service, which was also in the bank. She did taxes until she retired at the age of 82. She loved the people and working with tax figures. She had seen many changes over the years, especially when she started using a computer.  Mary Alice was probably best known for her love of singing. She began singing at funerals while she was still in high school and sang for many funerals throughout her life. In her later years she was known for bursting out in song at special occasions singing the Iowa Corn Song. Even in her last days on earth, Mary Alice was still praising her Lord in song.

     Mary Alice loved to spend time on the farm. She liked to help in the fields and wherever else she was needed. The farm was a great place to have her grandchildren visit frequently, sometimes 8 - 10 at a time. She enjoyed spending time with them, she was the cook, driver and referee. She also loved to mow her lawn and do a little gardening. She enjoyed ballroom dancing on Sunday evenings at the Cobblestone, Storm Lake. Mary Alice lived on the farm for a long time by herself, before moving to Wel-Life at Alta and eventually to a Cherokee Nursing Home in April.

     She passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at the Cherokee Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Charles; daughter, Claudia Perkins and her husband, Dick; her sisters: Arla Higgins, Luetta Parker and her brother, Thomas Raveling.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children: Rodney Plagman and his wife, Charlene of Storm Lake, IA, Randal Plagman and his wife, Nancy of Sheldon, IA, Annetta Coleman and her husband, Charlie of Suches, GA and Mary Beth Rozmus and her husband, Lenny of Riverside, IA; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; her sister, Mavis Hornby of Stillwater, MN; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Friday, July 19, at the First Congregational Church in Peterson
Pastor Tyler Thomsen
Dan Perkins
Jeremy Plagman
Jason Plagman
Rusty Dean
Tyler Tippy
Zach Rozmus

Honorary Bearers
Chrystee Bradley
Elizabeth Spray
Kelsey Oetken
Tricia Matthews
Nicole Sexton
Lexy Walgren
Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Peterson.
Organist - Deb Anderson

Special Music 
"Amazing Grace"
"The Lord Is My Shepherd"
Prerecorded by Mary Alice Plagman

Congregational Hymn
"How Great Thou Art"
Oakland Cemetery 
Peterson, Iowa


Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:18 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. There are too many memories to even pick one except that she was always there with a smile and brighten your day with laughter. Our Moms enjoyed working together for so many years. You are all in our thoughts and prayers ”
- Greg and Cheryl Bodenhamer
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 8:20 PM
“Again my deepest sympathy to you all. My thoughts are with you. Mary Alice was a peach of a lady.”
- Dawn Munger Fuhrman
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 6:43 AM
“Your mom was a super lady! Lived to talk with as she use to do my taxes..will always be remembered by her smile, laugh and twinkle in her were blessed with a great woman to call mom and grandma! ”
- Bonnie Giese
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 6:43 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you ”
- Carol Kruckenberg Johnson
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 2:56 PM
“Dear Family May the comfort of Christ ‘s love be with all My sympathy . Jim”
- James Johannsen
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