Betty Means


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Posted Online: April 24, 2013, 6:06 pm
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Betty Jane Reddig Means, 92, of Bettendorf, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 4205 30th St., Rock Island, with a reception following to be announced at the services. There is no visitation. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, is entrusted with the arrangements.
Betty was born June 28, 1920, in Davenport, a daughter of Raymond and Claire Volstedt Reddig. She attended college at Wayne State and also Western Illinois University.
She was a teacher for many years at Hillcrest School in East Moline; later she taught at St. Katherine/St. Mark's in Bettendorf.
Betty and her husband, Tom, raised two sons, Riley and Jerry. They were early members of Short Hills Country Club. She was a lifetime member of PTA and King's Daughters.
Betty became a member of AA in the early 1970s. This led to her second career as an alcoholism counselor for Rock Island County Council on Alcoholism. She pioneered the mandatory DWI classes for the state of Illinois. This format later was adopted by most other states. She continued to conduct this class until the age of 82.
She is survived by one son, Jerry Means, Livingston, Texas. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; and one son, Riley Means.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.












 




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