Marjean Gries, PCSD School Board Member and PCSD Retired Elementary Teacher passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Unity Point Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Gries was sixty-four years old.

Superintendent Lynn Ubben issued a statement regarding the passing of Gries:

“We are all very saddened by the death of our friend, Marjean Gries, Ubben said in an email. “Marjean has been a long-time advocate for our school and community. She graduated from PCS, taught at Perry Elementaries throughout her career, and has been serving on the PCS Board of Directors for the past four years. Marjean gave to others throughout her life.

“Please keep Tom, Casey, Kelly, and family in your prayers as they go through this most difficult time.”

Visitation for Gries will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Perry High School Gymnasium. Funeral services will also take place at the Perry High School Gymnasium starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. The burial will located at the Violet Hill Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 24.

A memorial fund is set up for a Perry Children’s Christmas Fund and can be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home. Those who wish to send an online condolence can be sent to