Mary L. Doty, age 95, formerly of Brooklyn, Iowa, passed away Friday, October 28, 2016, in Geneva, IL. Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2016, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, with Rev. Brent de Silva officiating. Burial will be at Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Grace United Methodist Church, the BGM Education Fund, the Brooklyn Public Library, or to the donor’s choice. Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mary is survived by her immediate family of three daughters, Connie Hodson of Elburn, IL, Marilyn McKee (Scott) of North Oaks, MN, and Fae Hughes (Kevin) of Shelton, WA; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Hensley of Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rolland, 7 siblings, and a granddaughter.
Mary was born on August 22, 1921, in Central City, Nebraska, the daughter of Joseph and Jessie Breckon Hensley. After high school graduation, she attended Nebraska Central College and taught in Nebraska rural schools for 3 years. She then moved to Iowa City to join her brother, Ramon, and subsequently went to Brooklyn to teach elementary school. There she met and married Rolland Doty on June 3, 1945. The couple was married for 51 years. She later returned to teaching in the BGM schools and completed her Bachelor of Education degree at William Penn College.
Mary enjoyed her teaching career of over 20 years, as well as gardening, sewing, and reading. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church for over 70 years. Mary was also a long-time member of Emanon & River Road Clubs, and a 4-H leader. After her retirement, she and Rolland traveled to all fifty states and to several countries to explore farming practices abroad, and wintered in Mesa, AZ.