Mary Ellen Rude

November 28, 1935 — September 23, 2023

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Mary Ellen Rude, 87, passed away at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

Mary was born November 28, 1935, in Des Moines, Iowa to George and Ruth Peterson. She worked many jobs from accountant, personal secretary, apartment manager, and accounts receivable for a large insurance company, and was also a homemaker. Mary loved to travel, go to casinos, and her Iowa Hawkeyes.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Danny Rude; brother, George (Chris) Peterson; children, David Whitmore, Timothy Whitmore, Ruth (Michael) Doidge, Christina (Terry) Newbury, and Christopher Whitmore; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Cledia; and son, Michael.

The family would like to express their gratitude to The Bridges at Ankeny in 2022, and Methodist Medical Center CCU during her final days.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 1, 2023, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 2, 2023, also at Hamilton’s, and will conclude with burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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