The Runge Mortuary & Crematory

838 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA


Marthanna M. Laughlin

July 16, 1945May 15, 2020

Marthanna M. “Marty” Cowley Laughlin, 74, of Davenport, IA, went home to the Lord on Friday, May 15, 2020.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials in her honor may be made to Coram Deo Bible Church or Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Marty was born a daughter of James and Austa (Sellon) Cowley on July 16, 1945, in Kewanee, IL. She was united in marriage to Raymond Laughlin and they later divorced. She was a graduate of Moline Public Nursing School, and worked her entire life as a Registered Nurse, retiring from Scott County Health Department.

Marty was a caring and selfless woman who devoted much of her time to her children, foster children, being an active member of her church, and volunteering at the blood bank. She was also a board member of Optimist Noon Club, Davenport, and a founding member of Elevate, formerly known as FLHA. She had a passion for people in need and difficult circumstances. She was focused on doing outreach, helping her community, and charities.

Those missing her dearly are her son, D.J. (Shelly) Laughlin; daughter, Denise (Douglas) Kroeger; adopted children: David R. Laughlin, Ernest Laughlin, Heaven Bale-Laughlin, Bobbie Bale-Laughlin, and Tiffany Bale-Laughlin; siblings, James I. Cowley of Galva, IL, and Janene C. (Steve) Felter of East Helena, MT; along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Karol Jane.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Dave O'Connell

May 26, 2020

Marty was a loving person, pouring herself out for her foster kids, who became her adopted children. It was a marvel to see and hear her as she traveled those transitions, loving God as she loved those kids. I recall her faithful contributions to our discussions in a home group through Heritage church. I am sorry for the loss of Marty to the many who knew and loved her.

Rita Amundsen

May 25, 2020

I will miss Marty's smile and bubbly personality! We attended Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing and lived at MarBrook Hall for 3 years. She was a kind and caring nurse and always ready for fun nights in the dorm! She was always volunteering in her community and her church. When we had our 50th Reunion of our Nursing Class she talked about her children, grandchildren, and foster children. She loved them all so much and we could tell that she was very proud of all of you!


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