Mary Humiston

Mary Ann Humiston, 93, of Wapello passed away on Friday, June 28, 2024 at Good Samaritan Home in Ottumwa. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services of Wapello. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Memorials have been established for the First Presbyterian Church, Keck Memorial Library in Wapello, Wapello Fire and Rescue and Bethel Cemetery in Mary Ann’s name. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Mary Ann Thimmesch was born on November 21, 1930 in Allamakee County near Lansing, Iowa. The daughter of Joseph and Marie (Klegseth) Thimmesch. On March 22, 1952, Mary Ann was united in marriage to Harry Lee Humiston in Burlington. He preceded her in death, September of 1983. Mary Ann graduated from Burlington High School, attended many colleges for credits and received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant. Mary Ann began her teaching career in Morning Sun and then moved to Wapello Community Schools where she taught for more than 30 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wapello and Midwest Circle. She enjoyed golfing with her family, square dancing in her younger years, playing cards and bridge with her friends, cross-stitching, knitting and crocheting-making many beautiful items for family. She was a voracious reader, donating many books to the Wapello Library. She also enjoyed traveling, making it all over the United States and even enjoying a trip to Europe with her granddaughter. She always loved the mystery bus trips! Mary Ann never missed an opportunity to read about or discuss politics. She was an avid sports fan of all kind, especially enjoying watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports.

Mary Ann will be deeply missed by her children, James (Susan) Humiston of Wapello and David (Susan) Humiston of Salado, Texas; son-in-law, Rick McFarland of Ottumwa; grandchildren, Kara McFarland of Ottumwa, Iowa, Taren (Matt) Ferguson of Ottumwa, Iowa, Blair (Aundrea) Humiston of Wapello, Staci Humiston of Iowa City, Bryant Humiston of Austin, Texas and Erin (Andy) Warner of Austin, Texas and great-grandchildren, Lexi, Maya, Jayme, and Madison Ferguson of Ottumwa, Iowa, Jagger Humiston of Wapello, Iowa and Vivian and Elliott Warner of Austin, Texas; siblings, WJ “Tim” Thimmesch of Burlington, Junella Pitchelman of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Steve (Sarah) Thimmesch of Mechanicsville, Virginia and Wendell (Marj) Thimmesch of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry; and daughter, Peggy McFarland.