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OBITUARY

Marilyn Jean Wallace

February 1, 1934July 10, 2019
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Marilyn Jean Wallace, 85, of Bettendorf, IA was called home on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. She will be laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemrotuary.com.

Marilyn was born the daughter of George and Ruby (Ray) Simmons, February 1, 1934 in Kirksville, MO. She was fair queen in 1951 at the North East Missouri State Fair and earned her master’s degree at North East Missouri State Teachers College. She was united in marriage to Dr. E. L. Wallace on May 29, 1960 in Kirksville. With her teaching degree she was on the faculty of North East Missouri State College and she also taught in Seymour and Fort Madison, IA. She moved to Davenport with her husband’s residency at Davenport Osteopathic Hospital and taught home economics in the Davenport School system for several years at Williams Jr. High School. After she ended her teaching career, she devoted her time to her family and to managing family-owned properties.

Marilyn’s wisdom, resilience, and love of family shone through all her life. Her words of encouragement, reason and warmth made dreams seem possible. She was kind and gracious to all those in her life.

Those remaining and missing her greatly are her loving husband, Dr. E. L. Wallace; son, Byron Wallace; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Wallace (of the late David Wallace); sister, Sara Lane; brother, Glenn (Marcia) Simmons; and granddaughters, Shannon Wallace and Alaina Wallace, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, David.

  • FAMILY

  • George Simmons, Father
  • Ruby (Ray) Simmons, Mother
  • Dr. E.L. Wallace, Husband
  • Byron Wallace, Son
  • David Wallace, Son
  • Suzanne Wallace, Daughter-in-law
  • Sara Lane, Sister
  • Glenn (Marcia) Simmons, Brother
  • Shannon Wallace, Granddaughter
  • Alaina Wallace, Granddaughter
  • Also missing her greatly are many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Memories

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Joe Verdi

July 16, 2019

Marilyn was one of the kindest and most caring people I have ever encountered. Every time we spoke she would ask about my mother's health and request updates on my kids activities. She was genuine in her caring and always had some words of encouragement.

I will miss our conversations about her grandkids, business and the stock market. Marilyn was a brilliant person yet humble. The world could use more people like Marilyn Wallace. Rest is peace sweet lady, we will miss you.

Most Sincerely,

Joe Verdi

Debbie Fraker

July 13, 2019

Doc and Marilyn were friends of my parents many years ago. They lived right behind my folks and we often had each other over for steaks, etc. They were a fun couple and always so good to me. Those were happy times! I was just a little kid. I even babysat for David when he was a baby. Years later, I bought that house they lived in so I could be close to my aging mother. I remember having Wallace's and several other neighbors over for supper and getting sick on a bottle of wine Doc brought.

Doc and family, Marilyn was so kind always to me and to my mom. She had such nice things to say about Mom after my mother passed away 2 years ago. Her words meant a great deal to me. I had hoped that we could get together and enjoy a nice meal here at my parents' home this summer.

Know that you are all in my thoughts, and my prayers. May you find peace knowing that Marilyn is now with David and watching over all of you, who she loved so dearly! God bless and keep you all at this very difficult time, and beyond.

Sewellyn Hanson

July 13, 2019

I met Marilyn at K and K Hardware many years ago, and David who would often come in for something for the doc's office. I worked Tuesday night and she would ask for Me... That was very special. The most ironic thing is Dr. Wallace was my Doc since I was little. Now with her awesome son,May Her Spirit And Memories Guide You Through This Journey Of Life, God Bless Her, May She Rest In Peace.

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Biography

Marilyn Jean Wallace, 85, of Bettendorf, IA was called home on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. She will be laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemrotuary.com.

Marilyn was born the daughter of George and Ruby (Ray) Simmons, February 1, 1934 in Kirksville, MO. She was fair queen in 1951 at the North East Missouri State Fair and earned her master’s degree at North East Missouri State Teachers College. She was united in marriage to Dr. E. L. Wallace on May 29, 1960 in Kirksville. With her teaching degree she was on the faculty of North East Missouri State College and she also taught in Seymour and Fort Madison, IA. She moved to Davenport with her husband’s residency at Davenport Osteopathic Hospital and taught home economics in the Davenport School system for several years at Williams Jr. High School. After she ended her teaching career, she devoted her time to her family and to managing family-owned properties.

Marilyn’s wisdom, resilience, and love of family shone through all her life. Her words of encouragement, reason and warmth made dreams seem possible. She was kind and gracious to all those in her life.

Those remaining and missing her greatly are her loving husband, Dr. E. L. Wallace; son, Byron Wallace; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Wallace (of the late David Wallace); sister, Sara Lane; brother, Glenn (Marcia) Simmons; and granddaughters, Shannon Wallace and Alaina Wallace, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, David.