Obituary: Ardella Woods


Ardella Mae Woods, 75, of Blue Grass, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Genesis Health System - East Campus, Davenport. Visitation was held 3-7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant.  Funeral Service was held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Bentley Funeral Home.  Burial took place in Walcott Cemetery. Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Online condolences may be left at

Ardella was born May 2, 1944, the daughter of Arnold and Caroline (Riessen) Koeppe in Davenport.  She graduated from Durant High School with the Class of 1962.  Ardella married Larry Woods on Sept. 12, 1980, in St. Mark Lutheran Church, Davenport.

Ardella worked for The Quad-City Times in advertising for over 40 years before retiring.  Ardella also helped her husband, Larry, with Woods Auction Service.  After retirement, Ardella enjoyed attending auctions and traveling with her husband, Larry.  They traveled to visit friends and family across the United States and also traveled abroad to Europe.  Most of all, Ardella loved her grandchildren and treasured attending their school and sporting events.

Ardella will be dearly missed by her husband, Larry; daughter, Kim Thumann of Davenport; five stepchildren, Brian (Amy) Woods of Clinton, Shelly (Jim) Bierman of Morrison, Ill., Trisha (Mike) Dash of Clinton, Matt (Patty) Woods of Davenport, and Jason Woods of Davenport; eight grandchildren, Rachel (Evert) Ruiz, Ryan (Megan McTyre) Duyck, Kenna Woods, Sahara Woods, Ethan (Jennifer) Woods, Cameron (Matt) Ottens, Nick Dash, and Kelsey Dash; six great-grandchildren, Hiliana Mae, Treve, and Leonel Ruiz, Dallas Duyck, and Caden and David Woods; one sister, Ardyth (Bob) Spahn of Frisco, Texas; one brother, Arlyn (Bernice) Koeppe of Stockton; and one special nephew, Troy (Shawna) Newmyer.

Ardella was preceded in death by one sister, Arnola Brus.


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