ROCKWELL CITY – Mary Ellen Maulsby, 89, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the United Methodist Church, Rockwell City, with Pastor Anita Bane officiating. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City.

Mary Ellen is survived by her children, Jeanine (Jim) Barker of Marshall, MN, Mark (Diana) Maulsby of Denison, and Jane (Mike) Spencer of Rockwell City; daughter-in-law Sandi Maulsby of Rockwell City; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Ruhl; son Noel Maulsby; parents, Glen and Bernice Rosenberger Bawden; brother Dale Bawden; sisters, Frances Thompson, and Betty Gidel; an infant brother; and infant sister.

Mary Ellen BawdenMaulsby was born August 26, 1924 in Lake City, Iowa.

She graduated from Rockwell City High School, with the Class of 1942. Following her education, Mary Ellen worked at the bank and then a local law office in Rockwell City. On May 7, 1944 she was united in marriage to RuhlMaulsby at Rockwell City. There were four children born to this union, Noel, Jeanine, Mark, and Jane. Ruhl and Mary Ellen farmed west of Rockwell City in Garfield Township for most of their married life. Ruhl passed away in 1996. Mary Ellen was a member of the United Methodist Church, UMW, BPW, Rockwell City Study Club, 4-H Leader, and was involved with the local and district Republican Women. She also served as Clerk for her husband while he was in Iowa House of Representatives for 12 years.