Lucy Grossman, 96

Lucy Grossman, 96, of Marshalltown, IA, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Accura Heathcare in Marshalltown. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018, at First Congregational Church in Marshalltown. Memorials may be made to the Marshalltown Animal Rescue League in Lucy’s name. Online condolences may be sent to

Lucy Jane was born on October 15th, 1921, in New Sharon, IA, to James E. and Vada (Beery) Dumbauld. At age 2, 1923, she moved with her family: father James, mother Vada, sister Betty and brother Jim, to Marshalltown. She graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1939, Marshalltown Community College in 1941 and the University of Iowa in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics. At the University, she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. The following year was spent at the Medical School at the University of Indiana in Indianapolis as a dietetic intern. Shortly after the internship, she was recruited by the Army Signal Corp, which later became the NSA, to be a cryptologist in Washington D.C. Her job was to decode Japanese secret war messages until the end of the World War II in October of 1945. She returned to Marshalltown after the war and was hired as the first dietitian at St. Thomas Mercy Hospital, where she worked until 1949. On September 9, 1947, she married Richard Cobb Grossman and to this union, two sons were born; James Ray and Richard Cobb Jr.

Dick and Lucy loved to travel and did so as often as they could. At first, they traveled by car with their boys, going to the East coast to visit historical places and later the grandeur of the West. Dick and Lucy made many trips to Mexico to study the Mayan and Aztec ruins such as: Monte Alban, Palenque, Chechen Itza, Teotuacan and many smaller sites. On one trip, they flew to the ruins of Tikal and spent several days. On another trip, they were trapped in Antiqua, Guatemala for 10 days living under the stars after experiencing an 8.2 earthquake, where 25,000 lives were lost in this epic event. Their love of travel took them to Czechoslovakia, England, Germany, Canary Islands, Alaska, Morocco and Spain. In their later years, they spent winters on their beloved Sanibel Island, Florida.

Lucy was involved in many Marshalltown organizations. She was a 90-year member of the Congregational Church where she served thru the years on many committees and boards. She was a 50-year member of the Marshalltown Chapter of P.E.O., a 60-year member of Starpha, President of the Assistance League and a longtime member of the Elmwood Country Club. Lucy served as a board member of the Library for 16 years, the Animal Rescue League for 17 years and the American Red Cross. She enjoyed years of playing bridge, tennis and winters shelling on the beaches of Sanibel Island.

Lucy is survived by her son, James (Mary); her granddaughters, Anna and Sarah; her great grandson, Adam Grossman; her daughter-in-law, Lisa Grossman; and her granddaughter, Page Grossman.

Lucy was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Sr.; her son, Dr. Richard Jr.; her sister, Betty Dumbauld; and her brother Dr. Jim Dumbauld.