Obit: Ardella Woods


Ardella Mae Woods, 75, of Blue Grass died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Genesis Health System - East Campus, Davenport. Visitation was held Nov. 25 at Bentley Funeral Home in Durant. Funeral service was held Nov. 26 at Bentley Funeral Home. Burial took place in Walcott Cemetery.

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Ardella was born May 2, 1944, the daughter of Arnold and Caroline (Riessen) Koeppe in Davenport. She graduated from Durant High School in 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 more than 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. 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 attending their school and sporting events.

Ardella is survived by her husband, Larry; daughter, Kim Thumann of Davenport; five stepchildren, Brian (Amy) Woods of Clinton, Shelly (Jim) Bierman of Morrison, Illinois, 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; one sister, Ardyth (Bob) Spahn of Frisco, Texas; and one brother, Arlyn (Bernice) Koeppe of Stockton, Iowa.

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