Betty Felder

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A mass of Christian burial for Betty Felder, 80, of East Moline, formerly of Davenport, was held July 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery-Arsenal Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Betty died on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Hope Creek Nursing Home, East Moline.

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty Lou was born March 3, 1939, in Iowa City, a daughter of Anthony and Jacqueline (Lorang) Felder.  She attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Scott Community College, from Marycrest College, and St. Joseph’s College, North Windham, Maine. She had a quest for knowledge and was a lifelong learner.  

Betty worked in the operating room at the former St. Luke’s Hospital before joining the military. She was a major in the U.S. Army, serving in the Nurse Corps for 17.5 years. She served in Vietnam and Germany.

Betty began volunteer work when she was 14 with the Ground Observation Corps. She also was a hospice volunteer.

Betty was a woman of great faith and believed in serving her church. She was a eucharistic minister and helped with the bazaar at St. Mary’s, volunteered at the Diocese of Davenport and spent 16 months in Medjugorje. 

Betty loved to crochet, sew, quilt and paint water colors, receiving certification from Bob Ross himself. She also taught cake decorating.

She is survived by her nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Verna, Jeanene, Jeffery, Jerry and Tony; and a nephew, Richard Wilson.

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