Obituaries: Mary Beth Collier

Mary Beth Collier, 66, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away on May 4, 2019 at her home. She was born June 1, 1952 in Drakesville, Iowa to Bert and Mary Amanda Howell Kirk. She married Craig Collier on December 31, 1983. They later divorced. She started dating Larry Liles in 1992 and the two have been a couple ever since.

Mary was a big New York Yankees fan and loved to watch the games on television whenever she could. She loved playing with her grandchildren, rock hunting, and spending time with her cats and dogs. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved God.

She is survived by her boyfriend, Larry Liles; daughter, Amanda Pearson of Drakesville; step-daughter, Natasha (Austin) Nye of Keokuk, Iowa; two grandsons, Broc (Lauren Miller) Pearson of Newton, Iowa, Milo Collier of Drakesville; four step-grandchildren, Jeremy Nye, Natalie Nye, Sophia Nye, Savannah Sackman; sister, Cathy Rieneir of Ottumwa; and three brothers, Russell (Joann) Harris of Bloomfield, Francis (Nancy) Harris of Sigourney, Jo (Mary) Harris of Attleboro, Massachusetts.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bill Harris; and sister, Becky Harris.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. on June 1, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield with Pastors Matt Froah and Russell Harris officiating. Mary donated her body to the University of Iowa and cremation will follow the donation. A memorial has been established to her family.