Sylvia Dean Bellows

January 12, 1939March 28, 2013

Bettendorf, IA—Sylvia D. Bellows, 74, of Bettendorf, IA, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013. Her funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, East Moline, IL. Bishop Alan Moose will officiate. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Funks Grove Cemetery, IL, near Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2013 at Runge Mortuary, 838 E Kimberly Rd., Davenport, IA. Memorials may be made to the Church. Online condolences may be expressed at Sylvia was born on January 12, 1939, in Louisville, KY, the daughter of James Jonathan Dean, Jr. and Helen Wells Dean. She married Glen Lee Bellows on June 11, 1959 in Crescent Hill Methodist Church, Louisville, KY. Children surviving include: two sons, Kevin (Kathryn) Bellows, Summerfield, NC; Peter Bellows, Cedar Rapids, IA; two daughters, Shirley Craig, Bloomington, IL and Alice (Gordon) Dean, Meridian, ID. Twenty grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive. Also surviving is her sister, Martha (Nicholas) Frantin, Stamford, CT. Sylvia’s husband, daughter Anne Louise, father, mother, and sister Dorothy, preceded her in death. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served extensively in church service positions, including president of the women’s Relief Society, counselor in the Young Women’s organization, and seminary teacher. Mrs. Bellows grew up in Louisville, KY, the third of three daughters. She contracted polio in 1944 at the age of five, and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Her courage, strength, faith and compassion in the face of difficult physical trials were an inspiration to many around her. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1959 with a BS in psychology, as co-salutorian. She later returned to school at Illinois State University, earning a BS in Music with emphasis on vocal performance and music therapy. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she taught piano and vocal lessons to scores of students over a period of 25 years.


  • Visitation Monday, April 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Verma Lowery

April 8, 2013

My sincere sympathy to the family of Sylvia Bellows ...she was a wonderful, sweet lady who was a great example to all who knew her.

April 3, 2013

Sylvia was one of my first Music Therapy students during her attendance at Illinois State University. I always remember her smile, her dedication to all clients and her wonderful academic approach to singing and guitar playing. My wife and I offer our deepest and most profound sympathy to her family and close friends. She will be missed.
Dr. and Mrs. Paul E. Rosene
Orlando, Florida

Ashley Reynolds

April 2, 2013

Bellows Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sis. Bellows is such a sweet and loving lady. I'm going to miss seeing her and spending time with her; but I know she has been reunited with Bro. Bellows and that is the ways things should be. My family loves(d) them both so very much.
Ashley, Fatima & Josiah Diop

Shannon Copelan

April 2, 2013

Sylvia has made such a huge impact in my life and I will always remember her. She taught me a great deal about faith. It was such a blessing for us to stay with the Bellows for a time while finishing up school in Davenport. I listened to Sylvia pray for so many loved ones. She truly loved her family & friends and wanted to take away any pain that she could from them. She was so sympathetic and understanding and I am such a better person because I know her. We love & miss you Sylvia.

Ellen & Dave Haberkorn

April 1, 2013

Kevin, Kathy and family,
Our sympathies to you all on the loss of Sylvia. Thinking of her finally dancing with Glen brings a smile to my face. May your warm memories keep you close always. We can't be at the visitation tonight but are sending our thoughts and prayers to you. May God be with you all.

Linda Fritz

April 1, 2013

You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
I miss Sylvia and Glen.
She was a wonderful role model and offered so much hope and courage to me.

John C. and Nancy C. Wolf

April 1, 2013

We send our deepest sympathy to all of the family of Sylvia. We will certainly miss her! We have been friends with her and Glen since the mid 80's. Our paths took different directions but crossed again when they moved to the Quad Cities. When we visited our daughter, Charlotte, and family at Christmas we always looked forward to seeing them at church. We know that our paths will cross again in the eternities. May our Heavenly Father comfort you in knowing that they are together again, as they wanted to be.

Kevin & Amy de la Bruere

March 31, 2013

Our sympathy goes out to all of the Bellows family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sylvia was a very sweet lady and will be dearly missed. She brightened every life she touched and cared so much for other people. We loved her and will miss her so much.