Mary Lopez


Mary Catherine McVay (Rigby) Lopez, 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, surrounded by her family, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City.

Funeral services were held 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa where friends could call after 12 noon. Interment was held in the Antioch Cemetery, rural Anamosa.

Mary Catherine McVay was born Dec. 4, 1943, at home on a farm near Central City. She was the daughter of Ralph and Leota Covington, McVay. Mary attended the Viola Community Schools. She married Jim Rigby, Nov. 23, 1963, at the Viola Methodist Church. They would later divorce in 1990. She married Juaquin Lopez in 1991.

Mary was a mother first and foremost. After her children were grown, she worked as a CNA at the Anamosa Care Center, North Brooke Manor in Cedar Rapids and in Winfield. She had also worked at the Louis Rich Turkey Plant in West Liberty and for Farm Service during harvest time.

Mary loved horses. She taught her children to ride and was a member of the Broken Bit Saddle Club. She liked to go camping, fishing, dancing to the Dave Dighton Band, classic country music and Owen Mack Irish music.

Mary was a very devoted Mother; she was easy going, loving and passionate. She was a one-of-a-kind lady and we are proud she was our mother.

Surviving are three children: Terry (Donna) Rigby, Anita (Jerry) Hartwig and Paula Rigby; four granddaughters, nine great-grandchildren, a sister, LaVonne (Ron) Clark, Don McVay, Keith (Eunmi) McVay; three aunts, Ula Mae Carpenter, Connie Lents and Pat Holub; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Dorothy Bishop, a brother, Duane McVay, a nephew Don Rich and a niece Vicki Warren.

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