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Jean Marie McCarthy

June 6, 1942 - February 22, 2021

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Jean Marie McCarthy, 78, passed away February 22, 2021 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. Jean was born June 6, 1942 in Des Moines, IA to Ward and Dorothy (Hall) Pritchard.

A private funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 25, 2021. The funeral service will be livestreamed at: https://vimeo.com/515916248.

Jean was raised on family farm west of Bondurant, IA and lived there her entire life.  She graduated from Bondurant-Farrar High School. Jean married Jerald “Jerry” McCarthy on August 28, 1999. She and Jerry loved spending time with their friends and family, and he will always remember the times they spent laughing and having fun together on their farm north of Polk City. Jean loved traveling, gardening, taking day trips, attending the Iowa State Fair, having a glass of wine on the deck in the evenings, time with her cats, and spending holidays with her family, especially providing big family meals. She developed a love for jigsaw puzzles during quarantine. Jean enjoyed going to Prairie Meadows, but only if she won.

Jean is survived by her husband, Jerry; children, Laura Mathis, Jill (Brian) Lathrum, Beth (Brian) Hick-Mansager; step-children, Becky (Phil) Buckhannon, Chris McCarthy, and Michelle (Andy) Padgett; grandchildren, Marc, Carrie, Anna, Alaina, Tristan, And Briley; step-grandchildren, Danielle, Zach, Paige, Drake, and Deavian; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Lisa (Joe) Frei, and Joan Miller (Richard White).

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James and Jerry Pritchard; and nephew, Connor Frei.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Animal Rescue League of Iowa or Children and Families of Iowa.

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