Jean Marie Walters
May 18, 1940 - November 10, 2019

Jean Marie Walters

Jean Marie Walters
May 18, 1940 - Nov 10, 2019

Jean Marie Walters

Jean Marie Walters, 79, passed away peacefully at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City on Sunday, November 10, 2019. She was born in Mt. Ayr, Iowa to Earl and Opal Cecil Rusk on May 18, 1940. She joined 4 older siblings (Glendoris, Bill, MaryAnn, and Patricia). She graduated from ¬¬¬Mt. Ayr High School in 1958 and married Keith Walters on December 28, 1958. By the time they were 25, they had 4 children. They spent the rest of their lives focused on their family. Keith and Jean moved to southeast Iowa in 1965. They worked together on many ventures and she helped with all Keith's creative projects. They did everything together, but Keith always gave Jean the credit for raising their children. Throughout all the years of Keith's health challenges, Jean was his rock. Jean always did whatever needed to be done for their family: working hard at home and in several different jobs outside the home. She enjoyed her family, a fast-paced game of cards, gardening and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, children Kelly Liddell and Kevin Walters, and her husband of 59 years.
Left to honor her memory are:
Daughter and son-in-law, Kristy and Wayne Heffner of North Liberty and their family: Kaleb (Alexandra) Heffner and Maddox and Brooks; Karis (Chris) Cains; and Kirah (Jordan) Johnson and Alex, Cody and Eliza;
Son and daughter-in-law, Kody and Lauri Walters of Tiffin and their sons Keegan Walters and Killian Walters;
Son-in-law Todd Liddell and his family: Ryan (Hannah) Liddell and Josiah, Boaz, Ezekiel and Asher; Colin (Rachel) Liddell and Caemon, Violet and Benjamin; Dalen Liddell; and Rolan Liddell.
Sister-in-law, Thelma Rusk and many nieces and nephews.
The memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, November 14 at Wayland Mennonite Church with Pastor Wayne Heffner officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. A memorial has been established for the Wayland Fire Department. Elliott Chapel, New London is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at


Gina Johnson on Nov 14, 2019

Kristy, Wayne, Kaleb, Karis and Kirah,
We are so sorry for your loss. Wish we were there with you now.
All our love,
Scott, Gina and Evan Johnson

Pete and Fran Sisco on Nov 13, 2019

Our Dear Friends,
Jean was such a wonderful person. We treasure all of the special times that we spent together---such fond memories!!

You and your family have our most sincere thoughts of sympathy and love.

Pete and Fran Sisco

Scott Rusk on Nov 12, 2019

Aunt Jean had the biggest heart of anyone I know. Kristy and Kody. I'm so sorry for your loss and know each day you will remember your mom and how strong and caring she was to all the people she touched. Thought and prayers to you and family. Scott

Cindy Hammen on Nov 12, 2019

I am thinking of the family, my heart is saddened to hear of Jean's passing. She is now with the love of her life and her children. 😥

Joanie Leichty on Nov 12, 2019

Joanie Leichty on Nov 12, 2019

We are thinking of your whole family and know that God will give you peace in yoyr hearts. Cherish this time reminiscing and celebrating her life.

Deb Blevins on Nov 12, 2019

So sorry for your loss! Prayers for the family. I always enjoyed Jean while giving her massages. Deb Blevins

Lisa and Kyle Roth on Nov 11, 2019

We are so sorry for this news. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love, Kyle, Lisa, Joe, Tyler, Kayden and Izzy

Tina Garrett on Nov 11, 2019

CandleKristy and family and Kody and family, love and hugs, prayers and peace. Love, Tina and Curt.



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Wayland Mennonite Church
104 W. 2nd Street
Wayland, Iowa 52654
The family will greet friends following the 3 PM service.


Wayland Mennonite Church
104 W. 2nd Street
Wayland, Iowa 52654
3:00 PM
Pastor Wayne Heffner will officiate.

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