Jeanne McDermott

Jeanne McDermott

Jeanne McDermott, 97, of Panora, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at the Guthrie County Hospital, in Guthrie Center, Iowa after a long and caring life. She was the mother of seven: Virginia (Jim) Rasmussen of Manilla; Roberta (Allen) Mittelsted of West Union; Patricia McDermott of West Des Moines; John (Marsha) McDermott of Panora; Tim (Carol) McDermott of Jamaica, IA; Mike (Jackie) McDermott of Tinley Park, IL; and Bill (Deb) McDermott of Panora.

Margaret Jeanne Gannon McDermott was born on July 9, 1924 in Green County, Iowa. Jeanne, as she was called, was the second child in the family of Francis and Neoma (Garland) Gannon and always had a soft spot for second children. She lived the early years of her life in the Grand Junction area with the family moving to Jamaica where she graduated from high school in 1942. Following graduation, she enrolled in the nursing program at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines where she attained the status of Registered Nurse. She was first employed at Merch Hospital and later worked at the Greene County Hospital in Jefferson and the clinic of Dr. William Seidler in Jamaica. She also did private duty nursing. 

She married James Edward McDermott on November 9, 1946 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jamaica, after Ed returned from WWII and they made their home in Jamaica. Following his death in 1972, Jeanne later moved to the Lake Panorama area where she most recently was a resident of Lakeside Village. 

She was an active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church and her family could usually find her in her prayer corner reciting the Rosary on one of her many sets of Rosary beads or the Diving Word Chaplet, a very special prayer for her.

Jeanne loved playing bridge with the women of Panora and continued to play well into her nineties. She was both an Iowa and Iowa State fan following the football and basketball teams. Her greatest joy was that of following the activities of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be remembered by her family for the Snickers in the freezer, the pop or beer in the refrigerator and her insatiable taste for sweets, especially fine chocolates and fudge. She always had her money ready for the annual Christmas card game and Casey’s pizza was always on the menu at family gatherings.

Survivors include her seven children and spouses, sister-in-law Phyllis Gannon of Rippey and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Eugene Gannon, sister Marie Gannon, brother-in-law Art McDermott and his wife Rita.

 

 

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