Obituaries

Obits submitted to The Gazette are published online and in the newspaper the next day. Sign up for our newsletter to get obituary headlines sent to your inbox every day. Search for obits using site search in the top right corner.

Your Email
All Newsletters
Mary Usher
  • Photo
MARY ANN USHER
Cedar Rapids


Mary Ann Usher, 81, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. A Celebration of Life will be at
3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the funeral home conducted by Pastor Darran Whiting. Private family burial will be in Walker Cemetery.
Mary Ann is survived by her children, James (Cathy) Usher of Marion, Donna (Terry) Nielsen of Center Point, Mary (Brian) Godwin of Cedar Rapids and Kate (Brian) Stapelkamp of Cresco; 11 grandchildren, Kristin, Nick, Shelley, Jeremiah, Briana, Rachel, Nathan, Leah, Ben, Marijo and Catherine; and 20 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James; siblings, Raymond and Marshall Dvorak and Helen Waddle; and nephew, James Fox.
Mary Ann was born April 7, 1936, in Urbana, the daughter of Frank and Libbie (Koutny) Dvorak. She attended Walker High School and played on the girls' state basketball team. Mary Ann was united in marriage to James Usher on March 1, 1953, in Cedar Rapids. He passed away Oct. 25, 2012. Mary Ann was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Mary Ann's memory.
Please share a memory of Mary Ann at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Posted on Thursday, 9 November 2017