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Wendy Cole

July 11, 1942 — January 13, 2021

A service to celebrate the life of Wendy Lynne Cole, 78, will be announced at a later date. Inurnment will follow at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery, Davenport. McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wendy Lynne Foote was born in July of 1942 in Wisconsin. The daughter of Clarence and Harriet (Waterman) Wessel, the family moved to Bettendorf in 1950. She married Dick Cole (now deceased) on January 27, 1973.

After graduating from Bettendorf High School in the class of 1960, Wendy attended Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI) where she majored in Physical Education and participated in collegiate cheerleading. After graduation she taught at Ames High School for three years. She then entered the University of Iowa as a graduate student, earning her MA in Physical Education and Teaching. From then on she was an avid Hawkeye fan.

Wendy worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for 22 years as a Classification Specialist in the Civilian Personnel Office. During that time she completed a three year tour in Germany. Taking advantage of her location, she and her daughter Maggie explored many of the sites in Europe. Paris was a favorite destination; she visited 3 times! After returning to the United States, Wendy occasionally traveled to Washington, D.C. to take part in the Women’s Executive Leadership Program. In the Quad Cities she volunteered with Junior Achievement of the Heartland. She retired in 2002. Throughout her life she enjoyed horseback riding, softball leagues, bowling, and traveling. Wendy also enjoyed watching sports, cheering out loud at the T.V. for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, and of course for her beloved “Hawks.” After retirement she discovered a love for the big screen and became a regular face at the movie theater.  She also was an avid reader and carried her Kindle everywhere. As an animal lover her life always included pets, most of whom were rescued from the shelter or were otherwise in need of a loving home.
Survivors include her daughter; Maggie Penry-Cole (Evan Krug) of Bettendorf, and twin brother; Jerry Foote and his wife Joan, of Mystic, Connecticut.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may be directed to The Humane Society of Scott County or King’s Harvest Pet Rescue No Kill Shelter.

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