Mary Phyllis Yocom

Mary Phyllis Yocom, 84, of Muscatine, passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021, at Premier Estates.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Schultheis, Donnie Schultheis, Dean Franks, Jordan Franks, Dominic Meyers, Brendon Schultheis

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Muscatine Special Olympics. Online condolences may be made at

Mary was born on November 23, 1936, in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of Clarence and Elna Fuller Faulkner. She married Orville D. Ridenour in 1953, they later divorced. She later married Donald Yocom on February 7, 1961. He preceded her in death in 2010.

Mary worked as a secretary for West Middle School for 28 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, American Legion Auxiliary Post 27, Eagle Auxiliary, and Woman of the Moose. Mary was a Leader for the American Girl Scouts.

She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, traveling, fishing, and writing poetry. She was honored to have two of her poems published in the American Poetry Day Association. She also enjoyed camping, one of her favorite past times was sitting around a roaring ‘Yogi’ campfire with friends. She loved her family and spending time with them.

Mary is survived by her children, Leslie Ridenour and his wife, Rebecca, Darla Yocom Gilbrech, Terri Yocom Beam, Sandra Ridenour Curtis and her husband, Jason, and Dona Jean Yocom all of Muscatine, and DeeAnna Ridenour Schumacher and her husband, Dickie, both of Fruitland; 10 grandchildren, Carey Johnson, Gary Schultheis, Donnie Schultheis, Dean Franks, Tasha Lyman, Annissa Fox and husband, Cody, John Brockert, Crystal Cornell and husband, Henry, Jeff Brewer and Mark Ridenour; 26 great grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren with two on the way.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; and her siblings, Harry Faulkner, Leota Cole Tietge, and Phylena Bryant.