SIOUX CITY | Mary Lou Stoddard, 70, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Sioux City, went to be with our Lord and Savior Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids following a sudden illness.

Memorial services will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Salvation Army in Sioux City. Visitation will be 5 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the Salvation Army.

Mary Lou was born on Nov. 24, 1942, in San Francisco, Calif., the daughter of Elmer and June Pleake. She was raised in Muskegon, Mich., and spent most of her life in Iowa. She graduated from nursing school in 1976. She was employed as a nurse for 20 years, before retiring to care for her daughter, Josy, who was suffering with a long illness of diabetes.

Mary Lou was of the Christian faith and attended the Salvation Army before moving to Cedar Rapids. She was an avid reader and enjoyed putting puzzles together, playing canasta and other card games. She was talented at sewing, cross stitching and crocheting. She loved her coffee and cooking for others.

Survivors include three daughters, Julie Jorgensen and companion, Lief Bledsoe of Fountain, Fla., Joy Thompson and her husband, Tony of Bronson, Iowa, and Jennette Peck and her husband, Keith and companion, Dawn Larson of Cedar Rapids; six grandchildren, David and Tiffani Jorgensen, Erica and Brandon Thompson, Kortney Smith, and Zack Conner; and three great-grandchildren, Jacob Larson, Logan Smith and Madelynn Shiver.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and June Pleake; two brothers, Jerry and Elmer Pleake; and daughter Jody Conner.