Gertrude Bethell


Share
Posted Online: April 28, 2013, 6:21 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Gertrude Bethell, 92, of Aledo, died on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at her home. Funeral services will be on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo. Burial will be in Peniel Cemetery, Joy. Visitation is on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or College Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Velma Gertrude was born on Feb. 19, 1921, in Buffalo Prairie, Ill., to Fred S. and Velma I. Graham Castle Sr. Gertrude and George W. Bethell eloped on May 7, 1940, to Tipton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 2001.
Gertrude was employed for 36 years with the Mercer County ASCS Office, retiring in 1996. She was a member of the Mercer County Home Extension, Mercer County Hospital Auxiliary, Davenport Moose Lodge, Business and Professional Women, Varsity Dinner Dance Club, Federal Retirees Employees Association and College Avenue Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Women's Association
Those left to cherish Gertrude's memory include her children and their spouses, Marna and David Ehlers, of Coal Valley, George Laverne and Jane Bethell, of Davenport, and Diana and Jim Vance, of Aledo; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her beloved companion, "Pug." She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Arnold, Stuart, Rea, Henry, Merle, Fred, Lynn and Leonard Castle.
Condolences may be left at speerfuneralhome.com.














 



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








(More History)