In Memory of

Mary Alice Wood Steffen

May 25, 1948 - July 25, 2021
From: Ruthven, IA
Mary Alice Wood Steffen

Mary Alice Wood Steffen

Born: May 25, 1948
Died: July 25, 2021
Age: 73

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Mary Alice Wood Steffen of Ruthven passed away peacefully in her home on July 25, 2021 at the age of 73. Mary was born on May 25, 1948 in Emmetsburg, IA to Andrew and Clara Wood (Rowlet). On June 2, 1973 she married Marvin Steffen. They raised two children, Matthew and Christy on an acreage northeast of Ruthven.

Mary was a stay at home mom and active in volunteering for the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School, the local 4-H group, the PTA, and many other extracurricular activities around town. After raising her children, Mary went on to become a caregiver/housekeeper for many families in the area. Her quick wit and compassion were a bright light to those around her. After she retired, Mary went on to run her own business, Lost Island Jewelry. Making jewelry was her passion and an outlet where her natural creativity and love for nature and beauty intertwined to develop unique and timeless works of art. She was most at home in nature, gardening and nurturing plants and once spring hit, if she had a free minute and was able, she could be found digging in the soil. Mary cherished her family, her hobbies, and helping others. She tirelessly supported local businesses and organizations in her community and when in her presence, her unconditional love and care was tangible.

Her father, Andrew; her mother Clara; and her stepfather Ken preceded Mary in death. She is survived by her husband, Marvin, son Matthew (Jayme) Steffen, daughter Christy Steffen, siblings Susan (Tom) Leonard, Patricia (Paul) Charlson, Barbara (Jay) Mugge, Andrew Wood, Janet (Keith) McLaughlin, Jennifer (Peter) Ciprari and 3 grandchildren (Noah, Carson, and Ally) along with numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family will hold a private gathering prior to scattering her ashes. An online memorial has been created at for friends and family who wish to honor her memory. Please visit the Tributes section for details on ways to honor Mary.

The family will hold a private gathering prior to scattering her ashes.


Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 5:22 PM
“Sympathy is extended to Mary's family and friends. She was always a good visitor and a hard worker. May she rest in peace.”
- Lou Ann & Larry Huberty
Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 5:22 PM
“I remember meeting Mary at least once, but I have known Marvin since 1957. My thoughts are with Marv and the family at this time.”
- Clark Marshall
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:44 AM
“Mary was a JOY n example of STRENGTH through difficult times. She had the "McQuown" smile n laugh/ chuckle, which endeared her! She lives on.....”
- Maureen/Joel Horsley
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:44 AM
“I’m so heartbroken about Mary. She was the sweetest lady. I have many pieces of her jewelry and towel sets. Thoughts and prayers to her family.”
- Kimala
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I only knew Mary through Facebook but enjoyed being her friend. May she rest in peace ❤️”
- Karen Meroshek
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM
“Mary will always hold a special place in my heart. ”
- Janet Scott
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM
“Dear family of Mary I'm sorry for your loss. I never meet your mom in person but have order many necklaces from her all wonderful. I wish 😂 could have gotten more from her. She really was a terrific woman. I'll miss talking to her. My love and prayers for all of you. Sandra Thomas”
- Sandra Thomas
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM
“Thiughts and prayers are with all of you. Mary was a fine woman.”
- Linda Currans
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM
“So very sorry to hear of her passing. She was a very special person and put up a valiant fight against cancer.”
- Patricia Steffen0l
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM
“To all Mary Alice’s Loved Ones,
Mary Alice fought the good fight for as long as she could. She is finally free of pain. We will all keep good memories of her to treasure. Our sincere sympathy and love, Marcie and Bill Frevert”
- Marcie Frevert
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM
“Mary was a loving & caring women. She helped me immensely by being a caregiver/companion for my parents. Mary was an angel on earth for what she did to help me & my parents. Be comforted in knowing that your mother, wife, sister & grandmother was this caring woman.”
- Cindy Largey Swanson
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM
“Mary was a giving and loving friend. She always had a smile on her face. We will miss her loving and giving heart. We will meet again in heaven soon.”
- Lucy Schmidt
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 9:45 AM
“R.I.P. Mary. I enjoyed seeing all the Jewelry she made. She liked people that is for sure. Prayers go out to family members.
- Grace C Gabrielsen
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