Mary Sue Van Ryswyk passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022 in her home surrounded by her loving husband, children, and puppies. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 9th from 5-7 PM, followed by an Eastern Star Service at 7:30. There will be a private family memorial service and burial at Carlisle Cemetery.\n\nMary Sue was born on March 2, 1951, to Kenneth and Bette (Kleckner) Enderson in Boone, IA. She spent most of her early childhood In Woodward, Iowa before moving to Carlisle, Iowa in 1964. She graduated from Carlisle High School in the spring of 1969 and finished Salvador Beauty School shortly thereafter, and began her career of making the ladies of the greater Carlisle area beautiful for almost 50 years. She spent most of her years working at the Glass Bead, before buying the business and finishing her career owning Mary Sue’s Salon in downtown Carlisle. In 1971 she met her forever love in Robert Van Ryswyk, they married in Des Moines on a bitter cold night on February 5, 1973.\n\nMore than anything else, Mary Sue loved being a mom. In 1974 Governor Ray sent out the call across Iowa asking residents and organizations to help sponsor and settle Vietnamese refugees. She answered with her normal jump in with both feet and take charge attitude, and enlisted the support of the Carlisle Methodist Church to sponsor and settle 2 families in Carlisle. While helping with the re-settlement, Mary Sue and Rob were approached about taking in a group of 6 orphaned children. Mary Sue’s natural “mom” maternal instincts kicked in and they became foster parents to 6 wonderful kids in 1976. Eventually the three eldest went on to live on their own or with other families. Rob and Mom continued raising the 3 youngest Nga, Vi, and Oai Baccam. While they were settling in as new parents of 3 kids they were also blessed with the cutest little Korean baby boy whom they named Joshua. They had been in the process of adopting for several years and God’s plan was that they became first time parents all at once. \n\nMom was always active in something from serving as church treasurer, teaching bridge through the local adult education department, being a founding member of the Carlisle Historical Society and playing an instrumental role in their acquisition of the Randleman House. She was also a phenomenal baker. Hundreds if not thousands of people had the privilege of enjoying mom’s famous cinnamon rolls and sticky pecan buns (which became a favorite of her grand-daughter Katy). One of her proudest moments was being Elected Worthy Grand Matron of Iowa, leading The Order of The Eastern Star in 2001. That year the charitable fund raising project was supporting Iowa’s Make-a-Wish Foundation. That year they raised close to $50,000 granting many wishes for local children and Mom was honored by being named co-wish grantor of the year in 2002.\n\nMary Sue is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Nga Baccam, Vi Baccam, and Oai Baccam and Josh (Megan Kruse) Van Ryswyk; Sisters, Linda (Bill) Lytle, Kathy (Mark) Golly; Grandchildren, Sarah, Sabrina, Shaela, Taylor, Emma, Alynn and Katy; along with her loving puppy children, Jaxson, Cooper, Mina and Bailey who provided her endless cuddles, licks and love.\n\nMary Sue was preceded in death by her parents; and first puppy Joey.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the family. Donations will be put towards a memorial project that honors Mary Sue’s legacy of helping others.