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Mary V. Converse

January 5, 1928 ~ July 3, 2019 (age 91)

Mary Virginia Converse, age 91, of Ferryville passed away on July 3rd, 2019 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport IA.  Mary was born January 5th, 1928 to Elbert and Anna (Aliff) Byrd in Virginia. She married Philmore Converse on July 30th,1960 in Milwaukee. They spent many years building their life together and raising their son.  She spent many years as a nurse in Milwaukee. Mary and Philmore were one of the first few to settle in the Eagle Mountain in Ferryville. 

Mary is survived by son Gary; Grandmother to Alisha Converse, Michael (Jessica) Converse, Lauren (Brad) Simmons, and Bradley Converse. She is survived by Phil’s siblings Bob (Norma) Converse, and Irene Converse.  She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Elbert Jr. and a sister Barbara, as well as other family and friends. 

The family would also like to thank Genesis Healthcare System in Davenport for the care, support and compassion. The family would also like to thank Larry and Dawn Bratsman for all their help and support. The family is also thankful to all the friends and neighbors who have been a great support to Phil and Mary over the years.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 12th at 2 p.m. at the Freeman Lutheran Church, rural Ferryville, with Pastor Lori Kleppe officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Family and friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to a Veterans Charity of your choice in honor of Mary.


The Thorson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Viroqua is proudly assisting the family.  

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