Betty Grimes


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Posted Online: Jan. 06, 2013, 6:56 pm
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Betty Jean Grimes, 92, of Rock Island, formerly of Moline and Gulf Port, Miss., passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Silver Cross Nursing Home, Rock Island.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials can be made to Public Broadcasting System and Public Radio International.
Betty was born Aug. 28, 1920, in Jacksonville, Fla., the daughter of Gordon and M. Tess (Ellis) Fields. She married Clinton H. Grimes on Dec. 28, 1942, in Jacksonville, Fla. He preceded her in death on Oct. 20, 1972.
Betty graduated from Florida Southern College in 1942. She worked for the U.S. Government Weather service during World War II. She later worked at John Deere Plow Planter and John Deere headquarters. She retired from the Rock Island Arsenal in 1986.
Betty was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church and was a current member of Bethel-Wesley Church, Moline. She was a Cub Scout den mother and was active in the Little League Babe Ruth and Legion Baseball. She enjoyed singing in the Messiah Choir at Augustana College, numerous Church Choirs and Arsenal Chorus.
Survivors include her sons, William Grimes, of Eolia, Mo., and Steven (Katharine) Grimes, St. Charles; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Mary Baylor, Moline; and sister-in-law, Lucille Grimes, of Eolia, Mo. She was preceded in death by a son, Clinton Grimes Jr.; two brothers; and two sisters.
Condolences may be left and a video may be viewed at www.RaffertyFunerals.com.












 



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