Mary Katherine Wilson

August 6, 1959March 18, 2021
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Mary Katherine Wilson, 61, of West Des Moines, passed away on March 18, 2021. She was born August 6, 1959, in Des Moines, Iowa, to parents Don & Etta Mae “Jerri” (Pratt) Wilson. Mary was a proud graduate of Valley High School and an employee of Fountain West Care Center. In her later years, she helped with housekeeping and caring for her parents in their home. Mary was a life-long and active member of WDM Christian Church.

Mary touched the hearts of many with her happy smiles and hugs. Her love of music and dancing, bowling and golf, RVing with her parents, riding her bike, and making latch hook rugs for friends and family brought her joy. Mary has been greatly loved by her family and all who knew her. In her own way, she taught us what is important in life.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Miriam Duguid. Mary is survived by her brother, Steve Wilson (Ann), sister, Donna Gambiana (Denny), brother-in-law, Hal Duguid, nieces and nephews Doug, Linda, Beth, Steve II, Jamie, Joel, Cheryl, Lisa, aunts, Helen, and Doris, and many extended family and friends. The family is forever grateful for caregiver Kim Thoms for all the support and loving care she provided for Mary during the last several years of her life.

Memorial services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, April 24, at West Des Moines Christian Church (4501 Mills Civic Pkwy). Visitation will begin at 10 am until service time. Mary's service will also be livestream. Click on the "Join livestream" link. A private burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery. Memorials may be given to West Des Moines Christian Church.


  • West Des Moines Christian Church


  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, April 24, 2021



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Lynette Thoms

April 23, 2021

Mary holding Kim's hand, February 2021

Lynette Thoms

April 23, 2021

Minature golf for Mary's 59th birthday, August 6, 2018

Lynette Thoms

April 23, 2021

Mary's 59th birthday, August 6, 2018

Lynette Thoms

April 23, 2021

Mary is greatly missed. May she be welcomed into heaven with a chorus of angelic voices & a multitude of heavenly hosts. Mary loved BIG! She always had a hug & smile for EVERYONE. Mary became a part of our family through the years Kim was her care provider. One of my greatest joys was when Mary came to visit in Coeur d'Alene Idaho with Kim & the Lihs'. From family dinners to beach fun to minature golf to playing cards to celebrating her birthday - Mary was game to do it all! I'm thankful for Mary's joy & love she generously & genuinely shared!

Gary Thornton

April 18, 2021

At church Mary always had a hug and a smile for my mother and grandmother. She was a sweet, kind person. My condolences to the family.

Stephanie Oliver

April 4, 2021

I always enjoyed when Mary came to see us at the office. She would tap her watch as a "gentle" reminder when I was running late. We always enjoyed seeing her and her family.
Stephanie Oliver

Kathy Nicholson

April 1, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I recall playing at the Smith’s house with Mary when we were both very young. I always enjoyed watching her ride her bike down 16th street, where we both lived.

Sue Haltom

March 28, 2021

Steve, Donna and Kim
My cousin Mary and I were also friends and classmates. We shared so many memories from riding to school together, choir practice riding bikes, playing games. One of our favorites was swimming. We spent a lot of Holidays together. One of the things I remember most was when Terry and I would take her bowling or to play miniature golf and she would say she beat us because she ate her Wheaties for breakfast. She was such a big help to her parents and church and you could tell she took pride in her work.
We will miss her big hugs and smile.
Love you Mary
Your cousin Sue and Terry

Alvin Schlapia

March 27, 2021

From First Cousin Alvin,
I was 19 when Mary was born and thus away from my folk's nest attending college, starting a career, and getting married during Mary's early childhood so I wasn't in attendance at most of Grandmother Effie's family gatherings where I would most likely meet up with Mary. But as I remember, my Mother, Vivian, would talk of Mary's infectious smile and wonderful personality. And also how the two of them when together would play cards and/or games with each other and have a belly laughing good time, their Pratt genes in good concert. Mom would often comment that they were the best of friends! I'd bet all of the dearly departed Pratt loved ones are Up There having a good ole family reunion. God Bless and God Speed, Mary
Love you, Alvin

Marilyn Pratt/Ladew

March 25, 2021

I remember Mary from her earliest years. Her Mom and Dad brought her to Detroit for special treatments from some foreign doctor. At one point he was asked to leave the country, so the treatments ended. Her Uncle Homer Pratt lived in the suburbs of Detroit at that time as well as her cousins, Marilyn, Jim and Richard.
My twins were 2 years old when Mary was born.
I have enjoyed seeing her over the years at family reunions and watched her become a wonderful, caring woman.
Blessings to all of you.