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OBITUARY

Kay Louise Hobbs

November 10, 1935July 25, 2020

Kay Louise Hobbs, 84 of Bettendorf, Iowa passed away on July 25, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

Kay was born in Princeton, Illinois and she is the daughter of the late Jack & Gladys Bryant. She married the love of her life, the late James Hobbs and together they had 4 children.

Kay was a registered nurse in labor and delivery at Genesis Medical Center for over 50 years. She participated in numerous medical mission trips to Central and South America as well as Africa. She was honored on Oprah Winfrey for her dedication to the nursing profession. Kay was also a member of the Nursing Honor Guard which performs a Nightingale Tribute in memory of nurses who have passed.

She is survived by her children: Rhonda K. Benizzi (Ed) of Jacksonville, Florida, Lisa M. Gentry (Rich) of Bettendorf, Iowa, Jennifer S. Vanoven (Nick) of Sorrento, Florida and Todd Hobbs (Christy)of Parker, Colorado. She is also survived by a sister, Judy Poffenberger (Dick) of Tucson, Arizona.

She was predeceased by one granddaughter, Leslie.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Lindsey K. Rowles (Michael), Alex H. Benizzi (Katlynne), Joseph T. Hedrick, Kellie M. Hammond (Levi), Katie L. Wessels (Greg), Chad J. Hobbs (Lena), Kayla, Taylor and Sydney Hobbs; great grandchildren: Connor and Matthew Rowles, Brielle Hammond, Ote Jack and Sadie Jo Hobbs, Maddox Benizzi and Tate Wessels.

Visitation will be at Runge Mortuary, 838 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa, on Friday, July 31, from 4-8pm. A service will be held Saturday, August 1, at 11am at St. John’s United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Davenport Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kay’s name to the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida-Leslie Baker Memorial Endowment, JAXCF.org or Hospice Compassus-Davenport.

  • FAMILY

  • Jack Bryant, Father (deceased)
  • Gladys Bryant, Mother (deceased)
  • James Hobbs, Husband (deceased)
  • Rhonda K. Benizzi (Ed), Child
  • Lisa M. Gentry (Rich), Child
  • Jennifer S. Vanoven (Nick), Child
  • Todd Hobbs (Christy), Child
  • Judy Poffenberger (Dick), Sister
  • Lindsey K. Rowles (Michael), Grandchild
  • Alex H. Benizzi (Katlynne), Grandchild
  • Joseph T. Hedrick, Grandchild
  • Kellie M. Hammond (Levi), Grandchild
  • Katie L. Wessels (Greg), Grandchild
  • Chad J. Hobbs (Lena), Grandchild
  • Kayla Hobbs, Grandchild
  • Taylor Hobbs, Grandchild
  • Sydney Hobbs, Grandchild
  • Connor Rowles, Great Grandchild
  • Matthew Rowles, Great Grandchild
  • Brielle Hammond, Great Grandchild
  • Ote Jack Hobbs, Great Grandchild
  • Sadie Jo Hobbs, Great Grandchild
  • Maddox Benizzi, Great Grandchild
  • Tate Wessels, Great Grandchild
  • Leslie, Granddaughter (deceased)

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Alex Benizzi
  • Connor Rowles
  • Greg Wessels
  • Jerry Chamberlin
  • Michael Rowles
  • Robbie Wolfe
  • Rod Chamberlin

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

Memories

Kay Louise Hobbs

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Judie Brooks

August 1, 2020

I am Kay’s neighbor but didn’t realize we were neighbors until I met her in the gift shop at Genesis East. I too am a volunteer in the gift shop and met her there. As we were talking we realized we lived on the same street and then we realized we were just a couple of condos away. We became friends and spoke often. I will truly miss her- a very kind and gentle soul.

Teresa Fraker

August 1, 2020

I am so sorry that we have lost our dear Kay. I was a labor & delivery RN with Kay where she served as my preceptor while I was completing my BSN in addition to when I returned to Davenport (post-BSN) to land a job at the (then) St. Luke's Hospital. Kay was kind, funny, warm, & was always there for her friends & those Moms & babies that she served for many years. Although I now live in the Chicago suburbs, I visited Kay in 8/2019 & I stayed overnight with her where we shared many laughs, talked about the "good old days" & of course all things Cubs baseball, too! I will always & forever hear her call me "Fraker" (versus my first name which she never used.....!!) & I will miss her dearly. My prayers & love to Kay's family during this difficult time.

Tammy Geertz

July 31, 2020

Dear Lisa, Rhonda, Jenny, Todd and family,

Please know how saddened about the loss of your dear Momma. She was such a force in so many people's lives and continued doing so well after her retirement. Kay definitely left a mark and a legacy in so many ways, which certainly includes her great children.

I have so many fond memories spending time at your house growing up with you all. The best Sunday's after church would be securing a golden invitation to join you for dinner for your Mom's amazing beer battered chicken...I can still taste it!

I will very much miss Kay's sassy personality and sense of humor and I know her beloved Jim has missed her all these years. Knowing they are reunited brings such comfort as they were such a neat couple.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all, dear ones.

Love Tammy

Melissa Mapes (Beard)

July 31, 2020

Our condolences to The Family.
It was a pleasure getting to know Kay, she was one of a kind. She had a big heart, always made us feel welcome and knew how to have fun.
She made so much great food, especially her homemade hot fudge. So sorry to hear of her passing, she will be missed always. RIP sweet Kay
- Melissa & Jayden

Mike Williams

July 30, 2020

Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers for all of Kay's family and friends. The Hobbs were great neighbors for over a decade. I'll always have fond memories of Kay and Jim. Kay's great personality was a great companion for Jim. It was always great fun when they were around. One memory that stands out is watching with Kay and most of the rest of the neighborhood as Jim would spend a good while backing his RV into the drive way. I'm sure they're both happy to be reunited.

Laurel Chamberlin

July 29, 2020

I don’t know where to begin...I have so many amazing memories with Kay. Starting with her and Jim attending Rods and my wedding, and Jim being the most amazing DJ, to her awesome recipes, to her being a mentor to my daughter as she embarked on her nursing career. Kay was always there for us. The year that my mother in law died, 2017, Alex graduated from ASU College of Nursing. Kay was Shirley’s best friend. Since grandma couldn’t be there for Alex, Kay stepped up and flew out to Phoenix to be there for her. Kay was the best bonus grandma ever! We love Kay and all the wonderful memories we have with her. We will cherish them forever. We are so happy she has been reunited with Jim, Shirley, Bix and her favorite little girl Abby. We hope you are happy and can’t wait to see you again. Love you.

Julie Fletcher

July 29, 2020

I worked with Kay in L&D she was a wonderful teacher to me learning in the OR she was patient funny and kind. She would lift you up and inspire you to do the best you could no matter what title you held. Weather you worked in housekeeping a OB Tech or Nurse she spoke kindly to you and treated you with respect. The world needs a whole lot more Kay Hobbs and it would be a great place. Rest In Peace Kay. To her family I so sorry for your loss. She loved to talk about her family. God just received a beautiful Angel. 💝

Sherri voelliger

July 29, 2020

Hobbs Family,
I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your MOM😢

WHAT, a great classy ,caring , compassion person....
SHE was such a blessing to her line of work , made the OB experience such a better time , with her in your room.....I know form my experience back in 88..….

When she got to meet my daughter Ashley 🤗💕

She will be missed by many, BUT oh those memories ,
No one can take those away!

REST in peace Kay, now your reunited with your luv of life JIM.....❤️

Jennifer Small

July 29, 2020

So sorry for you loss. Kay was such a beautiful caring person who will be greatly missed. She was a walking book of knowledge for me as a new Labor and Delivery nurse. I will always cherish the time a was able to work and learn for her.

Paula Taylor

July 28, 2020

Kay recruited me to be an elf at her church’s holiday bazaar for neighborhood children. She was such a loving and giving person who made people around her feel special. I will miss my dear friend Kay. God has an angel. Rest in heaven. Love you Paula

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Biography

Kay Louise Hobbs, 84 of Bettendorf, Iowa passed away on July 25, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. Kay was born in Princeton, Illinois and she is the daughter of the late Jack & Gladys Bryant. She married the love of her life, the late James Hobbs and together they had 4 children. Kay was a registered nurse in labor and delivery at Genesis Medical Center for over 50 years. She participated in numerous medical mission trips to Central and South America as well as Africa. She was honored on Oprah Winfrey for her dedication to the nursing profession. Kay was also a member of the Nursing Honor Guard which performs a Nightingale Tribute in memory of nurses who have passed. She is survived by her children: Rhonda K. Benizzi (Ed) of Jacksonville, Florida, Lisa M. Gentry (Rich) of Bettendorf, Iowa, Jennifer S. Vanoven (Nick) of Sorrento, Florida and Todd Hobbs (Christy) of Parker, Colorado. She is also survived by a sister, Judy Poffenberger (Dick) of Tucson, Arizona. She was predeceased by one granddaughter, Leslie. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Lindsey K. Rowles (Michael), Alex H. Benizzi (Katlynne), Joseph T. Hedrick, Kellie M. Hammond (Levi), Katie L. Wessels (Greg), Chad J. Hobbs (Lena), Kayla, Taylor and Sydney Hobbs; great grandchildren: Connor and Matthew Rowles, Brielle Hammond, Ote Jack and Sadie Jo Hobbs, Maddox Benizzi and Tate Wessels. Visitation will be at Runge Mortuary, 838 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa, on Friday, July 31, from 4-8pm. A service will be held Saturday, August 1, at 11am at St. John’s United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Davenport Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kay’s name to the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida-Leslie Baker Memorial Endowment, JAXCF.org or Hospice Compassus-Davenport.

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