Mary Fowler


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Posted Online: March 15, 2014, 5:59 pm
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Mary E. Fowler, 89, of Rock Island, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Amber Ridge Memory Care Center, Moline.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Online condolences can be shared at hodgsonfuneralhome.com.
Mary Benton was born May 1, 1924, in Fayette County, Ala., to Martin and Verla Langston Benton. She was united in marriage to Oscar Colburn on Aug. 12, 1945, in Fayette County. He preceded her in death Sept. 2, 1975. Mary then married Calvin Fowler in June 2002, and he preceded her in 2012.
Mary worked at Servus Rubber in Rock Island for 33 years, retiring in 1998.
She was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island, where she was active with senior citizens and babysitting.
Survivors include grandchildren, Edie Quilty, Rock Island, and Lawrence Colburn, St. Charles, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Andrew Herrick, Elaina Quilty, Maria Quilty, Ella Colburn and Oscar Colburn; and a sister, Merel Webb.
Mary was preceded in death by her two husbands; a son, Roy Colburn; and a great-grandson, Alex Herrick.














 




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1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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