Mary Belle Erickson

November 6, 1930November 15, 2020
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Mary Erickson, 90, passed away on November 15, 2020 at her home at Kennybrook Village in Grimes. She was surrounded by her loving family! Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Friday, November 20 at McLaren’s Funeral Chapel in West Des Moines. A private family funeral service will be held.

Mary Belle Wright was born on November 6, 1930 to James and Golda Wright of West Des Moines, Iowa. She was the youngest of six children. Mary came from humble beginnings where she learned that love of family was worth more than any possession. During high school, Mary sold candy to other students when she met the love of her life. As she would say, “a tall, handsome GI named “Bud”. Theodore F. “Bud” and Mary were married on June 4, 1949 and enjoyed 60 years of marriage.

Mary worked many different jobs but the only role she wanted to be remembered for was loving wife, mom and grandma. She and Bud raised four children who were her pride and joy. As a family, they enjoyed trips to Arizona where they spent time at the Lodge and vacations to the Lake of the Ozarks. Bud and Mary moved to Tennessee for a while but Mary always longed for home, family and Iowa. They returned when Bud retired and resided in Urbandale.

Mary will be fondly remembered for her loving nature. She always offered a listening ear that was free of judgment. Her family will miss her fighting spirit and her strength. And most importantly, she will be remembered for the way she wrapped her arms around those she loved, pulled them close and whispered “I love you baby!”

Left to cherish her memory are her three children, daughter, Diane Greene of New Port Richey, FL; sons, Ted Erickson of Stockton, CA and Fred (Diane) Erickson of Granger, IA; daughter-in-law, Lori Rickert of Urbandale; her sister, Bette Dirksen, 15 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren. Mary is enjoying a beautiful reunion with her parents, her loving husband, Bud, her son, Jim and her siblings who preceded her in death.

Our family would like to thank the staff at Kennybrook Village for the love and care they provided her over the last few years. We also wish to thank the staff at Suncrest Hospice of Des Moines.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kennybrook Village Memory Care Unit.


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 21, 2020


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Matthew Erickson

November 21, 2020

you’re love for love for me was so strong. thank you for reminding me of that every time i gave you a hug or got off the phone. you constantly reminded me of how proud you were of who i’m becoming and i just wanted to remind you one last time that i wouldn’t be the man i’m turning into today without you grandma. you’re finally reunited with grandpa and uncle jim. i love you more than anything
- Matthew

Jacob Greene

November 21, 2020

Hi grandma, I wanna thank u for always being their for me and my brothers and sisters. I miss Halloween nights, coming to your house and the candy droor that was always filled with snacks for all of the kids. I wanna send my love gratitude and positive energy to you. It has been a long journey and now you will be home with uncle Jim and grandpa. I love u so much grandma your grandson jake.

Nicki Weiser

November 20, 2020

I love you so much! I will forever miss our visits every Wednesday and Sunday for the last 10 years. You were my grandma and my friend who I looked forward to hanging out with. I love you gram...

Marcus Erickson

November 20, 2020

Grandma, you will be missed greatly! Thank you for sharing your passion of fishing with me and now I own a bait shop my days are spent on the water thinking about all the fun times we had together fishing for bass at Big Creek. I love you Grandma! Love Marc

Diane Erickson Greene

November 20, 2020

Mom, trying to think of what to say this memory popped into my head. When dad got us kids a billy goat and tied it to your clothesline pole. You were so upset with him, and told him "either the goat went or you did". Well you know us kids wanted to keep the goat, but dad wanted his mary, so off the goat went. Love you Dee

virginia constant

November 19, 2020

First Mary was like my older sister and i liked hanging with her she kindest sweetest person .I am sorry i didnt get to be around for the last few years but i will remember her always. GINGER Constant

Tara Erickson

November 19, 2020

Grandma, you will always be in my heart. I will never forget helping you in your flower garden, and little strawberry patch. I will never forget how much you and Grandpa put into the holidays for us kids. From telling us reindeers were on the roof top, to Santa knocking on the front door. The Easter egg hunts and trying to find the golden money egg. I’ll miss our talks. You gave me the most wonderful memories. I love you,


Betty Kaldenberg

November 18, 2020

Remembered Mary and Bud when we had boys in scouts at the same time as our son Mike and my husband Bud were involed
Want to extend my sincere sympathies to Diane, Ted and Fred.

Shelli Hopley

November 17, 2020

Grandma, You are missed beyond measure and loved beyond expression. May you find rest in the arms of Jesus. I love you!
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