Mary White

Mary M. “Sally” White, age 94½, left this earthly life on the morning of Aug. 11 at the Iowa River Hospice Home with family at her side.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish-St. Mary Church, 9 W. Linn St. in Marshalltown, with Father Alan Dietzenbach officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home.

She will be laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery.

For condolences, please visit or call 641-844-1234. Memorials may be made to Iowa River Hospice in Mary’s name.

Mary Marcella “Sally” Fitzpatrick White was born on Christmas Day of 1924, the fourth of 11 children born to Thomas and Katherine Fitzpatrick. Sally was born shortly after her twin brother, Vincent “Casey” Fitzpatrick, at home on the family farm in Churdan after her mother, Kate Fitzpatrick, played the organ for midnight Mass and made Christmas dinner for the extended family.

Sally graduated from Churdan High School and went on to the St. Anthony School of Nursing in Carroll. After working for a time in Iowa City as an RN, Sally moved to Marshalltown, where she was employed as an RN at St. Thomas Mercy Hospital. 

It was at Mercy Hospital that she met Edward White, who was a patient. Ed asked her out and the rest is history. 

Edward White and Sally Fitzpatrick were married at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan on May 13, 1952. Sally gave up her career and stayed home to raise their six children.

Sally is survived by her six children and families: Kathleen White (Andrew) Miller, of Waseca, Minn., with their children Keith (Emily) Miller, of Mounds View, Minn., Reid (Racheal) Miller, of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (great-grandson Owen Miller and Baby Boy Miller due in October), and Paige Miller, of Minneapolis; Kevin White, of Des Moines; Patricia White (Randy) Fowler, of Marshalltown, with their children Katherine (Trevor) Harvey, of Parkville, Mo. (great-grandsons Jackson and Lucas Harvey), and Mary Fowler, of Des Moines; Sheila White Fisher, of Aurora, Colo., and son Eric Fisher, of Syracuse, N.Y.; Brian (Jill) White, of Overland Park, Kan., and children Megan White (Sean) Laughlin, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Alison White, of Overland Park; and Michael (Jannie) White, of Chicago, and children Emily, Gabrielle and Liam White.

Also surviving are two sisters: Helen (Ray) Stamper, of Bakersfield, Calif.; and Mary Station, of Gilbert, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding her in death were Ed White, her loving husband of 57 years; brothers Pete, Vincent “Casey,” Dick, Paul and Leo; sisters Regina Murphy, Margaret Vogel and Sister Kathryn Fitzpatrick OSF.

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