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Betty Speak (1924-20


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 4/19/2021 at 17:19:09

DAVENPORT-Betty Speak, 96, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at the home of her daughter, Sherry, after a brief illness. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to Genesis Visiting Nurse Home Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.Cunnick-Collinsmortuary.com

Betty Lou Luther was born April 27, 1924 in Keokuk, Iowa, to Walter and Mona (Anthony) Luther. She married Lloyd Speak on November 21, 1943 in LaJolla, California. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Betty worked for many years as a cashier for several local grocery stores in Blue Grass and Davenport, including Royal Blue, which later became Johnny's Market and Ray's Meat Market.

She was very proud of her 64 year marriage to Lloyd, and spent many hours working word searches, code words, and her favorite, crossword puzzles. She loved crossword puzzles so much, she even sported crossword puzzle pajamas. She also enjoyed listening to classic country music, especially Johnny Cash. She cheered for her Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. She was by far the strongest woman anyone has ever known, and she deeply loved her family. She will be dearly missed by all of them.

She is survived by her daughters, Sherry (Russ) McComber, and Rebecca (Tom) Heidgerken, both of Davenport. A son, Richard (Beth) Speak of Aurora, Colorado; grandchildren, Dan (Amanda Adrian) Ware, Dawn (Pat) Wilcox, and Lori Stewart, all of Davenport; Chad (Jill) Stewart of Erie, Illinois, and Sharon (Neil) Meoni of Marion, Iowa; 17 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Marty, a daughter, Connie Stewart; her parents; siblings, Weldon Luther and Lotus Simatovich; and four grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses that assisted with Betty's care. Everyone has been wonderful, and we greatly appreciate the great care she received.


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