Obituary: Marla Dexter


Marla J. Dexter, 81, of LeClaire, passed away on Feb. 22, 2024, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Memorials may be left to MVF 4-H Poultry Program or Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, and online condolences may be expressed at

Marla was born in Peru, Ill., to Alfred and Lillian (Duffy) Dimmick on Dec. 2, 1942. She graduated from Davenport High School in 1960. She was the wife of Dale L. Dexter, they united in marriage on June 13, 1964, sharing 57 years of marriage together. She worked at the Davenport Bank and the Arsenal before becoming a farmer’s wife.

Her kids kept her busy with their many activities, including all sorts of sports, choir, and of course 4-H. She was a major help with the 4-H Poultry Program at the Mississippi Valley Fair. She would make sure all the 4-H kids came first.

In her spare time Marla enjoyed playing a good game of tennis. She was an avid reader of Harlequin novels, a card shark of solitaire, and a major connoisseur of Diet Pepsi and dark chocolate. She had monthly lunches with the girls, nights of card club, and mahjong was enjoyed with good friends.

Marla is survived by her sister, Sharon (Vern) Thobe; her children, Chad (Joni) Dexter, Kye Dexter, Glenda (Neil) Wingler; grandchildren Allison (Kyle), Brynn, Carlyn, Draven; and great-granddaughter Ezra.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dale; daughter Paula Joy; and her sister, LeDean.


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