Odessa Toye Mason Lovingier

March 9, 2017 GMT

Odessa Toye Mason Lovingier, 79, of Fort Madison, died on Dec. 26, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky.

She was born April 11, 1937 in Newark, N.J., a daughter of Charles and Marie (Johnson) Jones. When she was young, her family moved to Gary, Ind. where she grew up.

She worked for 15 years in Juvenile Court, at the Lake County Court House, in Gary, Ind. After moving to Fort Madison, she worked 20 years in the Personnel Department at the Iowa State Penitentiary before retiring in 1997.

She enjoyed playing Bingo, horse racing, casinos, watching the Iowa Hawkeye’s play football, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by one son, Lance “Larry” Mason of Bowling Green, Ky.; her daughter, Bonnie (Lovingier) (husband David) Henderson of Bowling Green, Ky.; two sisters, Vivian Burton, of Gary, Ind. and Roberta Johnson of Milwaukee, Wis.; seven grandchildren, one great granddaughter and a host of relatives.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Lovingier; and two sons, Willie and Tony.

Per her request, her body has been cremated.

Her family will greet friends from 1-2 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison. A celebration of her life will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Bill Willis officiating. A private family burial at Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison will conclude her services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for domestic abuse. Contributions may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel.

Online condolences to the Mason Lovingier Family may be made from the Barr Memorial Chapel and Cremation Services website,