Mary Rohr

Mary Rohr, 95, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Senior Star in Davenport, Iowa.  

Services and a celebration of her life will be held on a future date. 

Mary Lucille Gatton was born on Jan. 12, 1925, in Leon, Iowa, to Ralph and Mary Gatton. She grew up on a farm in the Leon area. After attending high school, she went to normal training and began teaching in a one-room school house in Decatur County. She later became a nurse with the Air Guard and received her training at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines. During this time period she married Charles Hammer, on Sept. 28, 1947, at Leon Christian Church. The marriage produced two children. She helped her husband run the family farm in Baxter, and later in Russell. While living in Russell, she also worked at the Chariton Manor for several years. Mary was divorced from Charles in 1981, and she married James Rohr on Aug. 15, 1987. She moved with Jim to the Winterset area shortly after the wedding, where she was active in her Methodist church and with her quilting group at the art center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents; her brothers, Orville and Roger; and sister-in-law, Rosetta (Roger).

She is survived by two sons; Keith (Rita) Hammer of Bettendorf and Mark (Elaine) Hammer of Baxter; three grandsons; seven great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; one step great-great-grandson; sister-in-law, Marianne Gatton of Eldora; and many other family members and friends.

Arrangements are being handled by Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Winterset Chapel. Online condolences may be left at

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