Saturday, January 17, 2009

Rest in Peace

Former State Legislator Mary Lundby passed away this morning. You can read the Register’s story here. While some grimaced at some of her political beliefs, her style of politics is something we could use more of here in Iowa and across the country. There was never any doubt where she stood.


  1. Mary Lundby was honest and kind. Those qualities are in short supply and she will be missed.

    Her faith was strong and she is resting in the arms of God.

    Ed Failor, Jr.

  2. A great woman with a strong faith...may she rest in peace.

    -Bill Schickel

  3. Mary's Dash

    I read of a man who stood to speak
    At the funeral of a friend.
    He referred to the dates on her tombstone
    From the beginning to the end.

    He noted that first came the date of her birth
    And spoke of the following date with tears,
    But he said what mattered most of all
    Was the dash between those years.

    For that dash represents all the time
    That she spent alive on earth
    And now only those who loved her
    Know what that little line is worth.

    For it matters not, how much we own,
    The cars, the house, the cash,
    What matters is how we live and love
    And how we spend our dash.

    So think about this long and hard;
    Are there things you’d like to change?
    For you never know how much time is left
    That can still be rearranged.

    If we could just slow down enough
    To consider what’s true and real
    And always try to understand
    The way other people feel.

    And be less quick to anger
    And show appreciation more
    And love the people in our lives
    Like we’ve never loved before.

    If we treat each other with respect
    And more often wear a smile,
    Remembering that this special dash
    Might only last a little while.

    So when your eulogy is being read
    With your life’s actions to rehash
    Would you be proud of the things they say
    About how you spent your dash?

    Mary had a tremendous impact on my life. I had such respect for her as a person, her intellect, her independence, her integrity, and her work ethic. She was her own person. She did "life" her own way. I will take so much from her example and she has only to look back now on all that she accomplished, all those she helped, all those she influenced, and those she befriended and think that her dash was well spent.

    Her lord and savior will undoubtedly greet her with the biblical passage "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

  4. Appropriate, Brent, thanks, and thanks to KK for starting a thread when it's needed.
    RIP, Senator, RIP

    Carolyn Williams

  5. I know that Mary has entered her reward now but if I may implore Krusty's readers to keep Rosemary Thomson in prayers. I understand she's been removed from life apologies for not mentioning this earlier.

    I know Jim and the family would be greatly comforted by your thoughts and prayers.

  6. I couldn't agree more Brent.


    Renee Schulte

  7. I just got invited to drink a beer in a facebook group to her memory by one of the above posters. I will honor her in my own way and not in such a classless way as that. She deserves better.

    What happened to Rosemary Thomson?

  8. Anon 6:14 - It was Mary's own personal request that upon her demise, for friends to gather and raise up a cold glass and celebrate her life, instead of mourning...classic Mary!
    To know her you would immediately realize this isn't about the beer, it's about friends and public servants coming together (in more ways than just consuming beverages) to fulfill the high calling of working towards "good government!"

  9. 6:14 obviously you didn't know Mary well. Mary would rather be drinking a beer with friends than anything else. She asked Brent to tell her friends to do this for her. So, don't go, you obviously weren't a friend, just a constituent.

  10. dear god Tibby, that is what Mary would be saying. It is about a good beer!

  11. Rosemary had a stroke and was put on life support earlier this week. She has since been removed from life support and is now in a hospice setting.

  12. If only a fraction of her friends hear about this....they're going to need a bigger bar!

  13. I dont think she would have approved of certain people drinking. But it is a very good gesture. She will be missed.

  14. 10:43, there was no need for you to post your own personal standards in such a judgemental-sounding manner, wouldn't it be best to permit a funeral procession to just pass without bystander comment?

  15. My cousin and I had the opportunity to visit sweet Mary at the hospital. We had a pretty good conversation and we are just glad that we were able to thank her personally for all she has done for the State of Iowa. She was such a remarkable lady and I am sure she must be enjoying the party atmosphere as people come together to celebrate her life. Mary will live forever in people's hearts/

  16. For Mary

    "God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered "come to me." With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best."

    Emma Nemecek and Althea Hasse

  17. A good legislator, a great person. The phrase one of a kind, I think is fitting.

    God Bless you Mary!

    Frank Chiodo

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