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Mary Lu Schofield

Mary Lu Schofield, one of twelve children of Mary Ethel (Smith) Beemer and Simmie Bryan Beemer, was born on March 1, 1933, in rural Conway, Taylor County Iowa. She grew up and attended Conway Consolidated Schools, graduating in 1953.
Lu met the love of her life, Lloyd Junior Schofield, at the Lenox Skating Rink above Bunn Jewelry Store. They were married in Conway at the Methodist Church on August 4, 1953, with Penny and Galen Combs as attendants. Three days later, Lloyd was drafted to Korea. Lu lived and worked at the Conway Phone Office. Lloyd returned from Korea, and in 1957 they moved to their current residence, the farm east of the big tree, where the four county corners are marked. In 1959 their first child, Brian Jack Schofield was born. Bonnie Beth came next in 1962, and Deena Kay in 1966. Lu was a homemaker and helped Lloyd on the farm as the kids grew up. She enjoyed painting, gardening, sewing and baking. There were numerous neighborhood social clubs that she enjoyed belonging to. In 1991, Lloyd unexpectedly passed. Lu remained on the farm and worked as an assistant preschool teacher. She was an active member of the First Christian Church in Clearfield. Her favorite things were dancing, quilting and spending time with family, grandchildren and friends. She enjoyed her 91st birthday on March 1 with family present.
Lu passed away early morning of March 3, 2024 in Creston, Iowa surrounded by her children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; mother, father; siblings Beth, Bryce “Spike” Dale, Virgil “Joe”, Betty, Joyce and Dean; in-laws Vern and Mary Schofield, Norma Jean (Schofield) Johnson, Lyle Miller (Alice Ann), Marvin “Wigg” Boyer (Betty), Ralph Ridnour (Joyce), Vivian Beemer (Virgil), Beverly “Buzz” Beemer (Bryce).
Lu is survived by her children Jack Schofield of Lenox, Bonnie (Brad) Fast of Arkansas, and Deena (Jeff) Bevins of Creston; grandchildren Tanner, Morgan, Haley, and Garrett; step-grandchildren Katie, Christy, Ethan, Michaela, Jared and Collin; great step-grandchildren Ellie, Jaxon, Jack and Kaycee; siblings Alice Ann “Goubie” Miller of MO, Jerry (Jean) Beemer of Ankeny, Sally (Gary) Hensley of Corning, Tim (Linda) Beemer of TX; sisters-in-law Betty Jean Beemer of WY, Zoe Beemer of Conway, Beverly Beemer of WY.
Services were held at the Clearfield Christian Church on Thursday, March 7 at 10:00 am. Burial was in the Conway Cemetery. Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements. A memorial fund has been established to the Clearfield Christian Church, Clearfield Public Library and Lenox Public Library.

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