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Mary (Carmichael) Arment

Mary (Carmichael) Arment, 96 of Le Mars, Iowa and formerly of Shelbyville passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020 at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will have a private memorial service at a later date. Burial will be at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City, MO. Arrangements are with Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be expressed to the family through

In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family requests supporting your local efforts to feed those in need during this pandemic.

Mary Ellen Gibert was born on September 12, 1923 to Jessie and Alma (Poole) Gibert in Toledo, Ohio. Their family moved to Cocoa Beach, FL when Mary was a young girl and they later moved to Daytona Beach, FL where Mary graduated from high school.  Mary met John Thomas Carmichael who was a pilot with the United States Navy and stationed in Florida during World War II. They were married in 1944. After the war, they settled in John’s home of Kansas City, MO. They had six children: Connie, John, Fred, Carol, Jill, and Jim; and Mary kept busy as a homemaker and mother. In 1966, the family moved to Shelbyville, MO, where the Carmichael family farm was located. On May 20, 1969 John passed away.  Mary then worked for a short time as a CNA and later as a bank teller.  Mary married George Arment in 1974 and they made their home in Shelbyville. George passed away on July 27, 1991. In 2004, Mary moved to Le Mars to be closer to family. Mary became a resident of Park Place Estates in September 2017.

Mary was a past member of Chapter M P.E.O. in Shelbyville and the Shelbyville Methodist Church. She was an avid reader and always had a book nearby. Mary enjoyed working with her hands: she made many braided rugs, and enjoyed sewing, knitting, basket weaving and cross stitch. She loved spending time with and visiting with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mary loved traveling to Daytona Beach, Florida to see family and visit where she had grown up; it was always a very special place for her.  

Mary is survived by her children: Connie Hill of Portland, OR, John Carmichael of Peculiar, MO, Carol (Rick) Peoples of Washington, Iowa, and Jill (Greg) Mitchell of Le Mars, Iowa; grandchildren: Kim Hill (Fernando Pena) of Portland, OR, Jenna Hill (Marcus Bratcher) of Portland, OR, Andy (Patrice) Peoples of Ottawa, KS, Matt (April) Peoples of Coralville, Iowa, Lauren (Keaton) Walker of Coralville, Iowa, Amanda (Joe) Susemihl of Le Mars, Iowa, and Chris Mitchell of Spearfish, SD; great- grandchildren: Hunter (Emily) Peoples, Page Peoples, Olivia Peoples, Landon Peoples, Lola Walker, Ella Walker, and Claire Susemihl; one great-great-grandchild, Luke Peoples; and other extended relatives.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents: Jessie and Alma (Poole) Gibert; husbands: John Carmichael and George Arment; sons: Fred Lynn Carmichael (two years old) and James William Carmichael (19 years old); siblings: Alma Gibert and Bill Gibert; parents-in-law: George Carson and Mary (Frye) Carmichael; and brother-in-law, Glen Carmichael.