Mary Levis


Mary Lou Levis, age 79 of Corydon, Iowa died January 19, 2022 at her daughter’s home in Beach City, Texas.

She was born on October 20, 1942 in Centerville, Iowa to Emerl and Bessie (Cochran) Fenton.  She graduated from Seymour High School in 1961 and went on to attend Indian Hills Community College.

On June 30, 1963, Mary Lou was united in marriage to Jimmy Levis in Centerville, Iowa. Jimmy and Mary Lou farmed for 25 years around the Sewal, Iowa area. While farming, she also worked at a coop in Sewal.  She later went to work at Iowa Southern Utilities/Alliant Energy in Corydon and then in Centerville, Iowa where she eventually retired.

Mary Lou was a long-time member of the Corydon Bible Church and currently a member of Midway Baptist Church. She was very involved in various church activities.  She was a Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher and sang in the choir and always opened her home for visitors to the church.

Mary Lou loved her family and always enjoyed bragging about her kids and grandkids.  She was so excited and looking forward to becoming a great-grandma in August.  She attended all of her kids’ activities and enjoyed attending or hearing about all of her grandkid’s activities.  She was a collector of teapots and always enjoyed the time the grandkids would come and visit in the summer.  She would take them camping, to the fair and cooking/baking with them.  She enjoyed spending time with ones in the Amish community and formed amazing friendships.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Levis, son Mike Levis, grandson Ryan Gipson, father Emerl Fenton, mother Bessie (Cochran) Fenton, brother Donnie Fenton, in laws Howard and Doris (Zimmerman) Levis, and nephew, Scott Couchman.

She is survived by sisters Beulah DeVore of Seymour, Iowa and Betty Burns of Urbandale, Iowa. Her daughters Sheila and her husband Scott Gipson of Beach City, Texas, Sherri and her husband Adam Schmidt of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and her daughter in law Carrie Levis of Blythedale Missouri. Along with her eight grandchildren Brooke Carrillo, Mitchell and Madison Bower, Peyton Schmidt, Jessica, Megan, and Gage Levis, and Klint Stark, sister-in-law Betty Couchman and her husband Richard of Corydon, Iowa, as well as sister-in-law Carol Fenton.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM, Friday, February 4, 2022 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville.  Private family burial will follow the service at Shriver Cemetery, west of Seymour.  Visitation will take place Friday, February 4, 2022 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 10-11AM.  Memorials have been established to either the Midway Baptist Church or to American Cancer Society, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, ATTN: Levis family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at 

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