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Mary Lou Scales


Mary Lou Scales passed away peacefully on October 12, 2021.  She was born on March 5, 1933, in Grandview, Indiana.  Mary Lou was the daughter of Virgil and Frances (Keneipp) Scales. 


She graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1951 and attended DePaul School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri.  Mary Lou worked as a registered nurse in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and California.  She planted her roots in San Francisco.  Mary Lou loved to travel with her friends to different countries.  Australia was her favorite.


Mary Lou is survived by her sister Jorita Rugen and brother Mike Scales; nieces and nephews, John (Theresa) Youngman, JoAnn (Edward) Hauck, Molly (Daniel) Rupprecht, William (Laura) Thomas, James (Margaret Balmes) Thomas, Susan Murphy, David (Katherine) Rugen, Michael (Julie) Rugen and Sandra (Jeff) Ahnafield; as well as, several great nieces and nephews.  She leaves behind her many cherished friends in Sunnyvale, California.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Virginia Ann Scales, Deloris Thomas and Faylene Youngman; her nieces, Nancy Carr and Sue Downey; and her great niece Maura Repprecht.


The family would like to thank the staff at Cumberland Trace and Heritage Hospice for their outstanding care and compassion.


Graveside services will be held Monday, May 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.


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