In loving memory of

Mary LaVon Hunter
July 16, 1923 - June 30, 2019

Mary LaVon Hunter, age 95 of Colfax, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Newton Healthcare. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Colfax United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the church until service time. Burial will take place at Colfax Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Colfax United Methodist church or the Colfax Historical Society. Condolences may be left at

The daughter of Gerald Raymond and Alyce (McFarlin) Butler, Mary was born on July 16, 1923 in Stuart, Iowa. On January 31, 1964, she was united in marriage to Darrold D. "Yea" Hunter at the Methodist Church parsonage in Colfax. She worked as an executive secretary at the Monroe Table Company for 30 years. Mary was an active member of the Colfax United Methodist Church. She was involved with United Methodist Women, Church Choir for many years, and secretary of the Interfaith Spiritual Center. Mary sang at 300 funerals, 51 weddings and many special events from 1939 through the 1980's. Mary was also active in the Colfax Betterment Committee, the Historical Society and P.E.O Chapter BA and the La Femme Club.
Those left to honor her memory include many nieces, especially Glenna (Jim) Penny, nephews and her numerous close friends. Preceding her in death were her great grandparents, grandparents, parents and husband, Yea and a sister-in-law and husband, Margaret (Norman) Smith and her brothers-in-law and wives, Donald (Dollie) Hunter and Wilbur (Donna) Hunter.


Curt Aikin wrote on Jul 4, 2019:

"Mary was my Iowa Mom when my parents divorced, I was 4 my Father was a single Dad and would send my brother Wes and I to Iowa for the summer or Christmas break. Mary showed me what a Christian & a Mom looked like in God's eyes. Throughout my childhood she always spoke of Jesus, and the relationship he wanted to have with me. I was 33 when I asked Jesus into my heart and life, and after I did Mary was the second person I called to share the news. My whole life Mary and Yea where my image of what a Godly marriage looked like, I have that in my life, and I am grateful that they showed me, without pressure but patient love and caring. And for that I know I will see them again. There were only 2 people in my life that I allowed to call me 'Curty' Mary Hunter & and my grandmother Leah Aikin, because their Love was unconditional, mind you they didn't always like me, but I knew they Loved me. God Bless you Mary for bringing me to Christ. I love You! Please tell Yea I miss him. (PS- I attempted to write this earlier, but I can't find it so this tribute is Version 2.0). I have posted a Picture of Mary 'Curty' and Yea, at my fathers gravesite."

Charlie Hainer wrote on Jul 4, 2019:

"What a sweet lady, so enjoyed talking with her all the time! she had great stories to tell about life and Colfax! She will truly be missed God bless all of her family!!"

Julie Stinson Heatherly wrote on Jul 3, 2019:

"Mary! Her name is synonymous with kindness, caring, talent, energy, passion, fun and a very loving heart. I feel fortunate that I was able to visit her a few weeks ago. She loved our little town of Colfax and added so much to it over the years with her very giving heart. Glenna, you were so devoted to her and because of that loving devotion she knew that she had your beautiful spirit guiding her in these final months-what a comfort that must have been to her. She leaves a wonderful legacy for anyone that was lucky enough to know her. Condolences to everyone who loved her. She?s leading that angel choir with gusto! Julie Stinson Heatherly"

Pat Jesse (Van Cleave) wrote on Jul 3, 2019:

"Mary Butler Hunter was a beautiful, kind, generous, and talented lady. She was always working for the betterment of Colfax. I don't think she knew a stranger. It always made my day better when I saw her. She just added a little sunshine with her smile. Love you Mary"

Kendra Jones Garrett wrote on Jul 3, 2019:

"Mary Butler Hunter was a beautiful, kind, generous, and talented lady. I met her when I was five years old. Typical of her generosity, she came to my house when I was sick to bring me music for the church Christmas program (we sang Away in a Manger that year), and I have happy memories of singing in the church choir when I was in high school. Mary was generous with her time and talents. She had a beautiful singing voice and led the Methodist choir for decades, also singing at weddings at funerals. She taught Sunday School, served on church women?s groups, and helped with youth activities. She taught my mother in law, Marian Garrett, how to drive in the 1950s, and she began sending my husband Craig candy at Christmas when he was in college. That fabulous tradition continued after college and as our family grew; she sent us a big box of her home-made Christmas candy every year for over 40 years. Our children knew Christmas was near when her chocolate-covered cherries arrived, and, to be honest, Craig and I eagerly anticipated them as well. After our daughter Megan grew up, Mary taught her how to make some of these complicated delicacies. Mary was a determined booster for the City of Colfax, collecting memorabilia, and working on committees to keep the city thriving. She was proud of every upgrade to streets, lamp posts, and city parks. She spent tireless hours working for the high school alumni association, and, until her health failed a few years ago, never missed a banquet. Mary was one of my heroes. Rest in peace, Mary, I love you to pieces. "

Pam Shepley wrote on Jul 2, 2019:

"I am so saddened by the passing of Mary. She was a wonderful lady. Rest In Peace "

Vicki Wheatcraft wrote on Jul 2, 2019:

"Mary was a beautiful friend. She always had time for you. She missed Yea so much. They are together again."

Sandy Murphy wrote on Jul 2, 2019:

"So sorry to hear of the passing of Mary She was a wonderful lady she will be missed"

Connie Eaton wrote on Jul 2, 2019:

"Glenna I am so sorry for your loss, Mary was a great lady. She's did our wedding songs. I'm sorry I won't be here to go to funeral. I live with judie Lafferty helping her. She' wanted to leave and go to her brothers this week Connie EATON miss you Glenna "

Kathy Wood wrote on Jul 2, 2019:

"Mary was a very nice lady She will be missed."

Marla Shepley wrote on Jul 2, 2019:

"Mary and Yea were dear family friends. They always had a kind word, big hug, and kiss to share with Taylor and I. I am sorry I will have to miss Mary?s service as I have to work but she is in my thoughts and prayers. ? Love you like family? Marla Shepley"

Tranquillity Smith wrote on Jul 2, 2019:

"I didn't know you that long Aunt Mary, but I'm glad I did get to meet you!"

Margaret (Sickora) Hird wrote on Jul 2, 2019:

"One of the sweetest ladies I know. Always so happy and loving. She will be missed...God Bless her family at this time and may her memories live on..."