Cecile May Wilson Carstens

June 18, 1923 ~ November 7, 2021 (age 98)


Cecile Wilson Carstens, 98, of Bettendorf, died at her daughter’s home on Sunday, November 7, 2021. She was born on June 18, 1923 to William and Alice Cunningham. She married Alvin (Pete) Wilson on May 10, 1942.

Surviving are children Lois Wilson, Bonnie (Dale) Hein, Jerry (Linda) Wilson, Linda (Joe) Roberts, Larry (Barb) Wilson, Jerald (Denise) Wilson, Rita (Don) Smith, Jack (Shirley) Wilson, Donna (John) Dion & Connie (Rodey) Tharp.

She later had two children with Earl Carstens. Surviving them are Gloria (Curt) Wilson and Tammie (Bruce) Suhl.

Cecile was blessed to have 25 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Cecile was born in Pleasant Valley, lived a good portion of her life in Argo and retired to Bettendorf in 1985.

Her most important roles were mother and farmwife. Life wasn’t easy for her especially after the tragic passing of her husband, Pete, in 1959, but she carried on with strength and grace. She was known for her exceptional ability to cook and bake. She truly enjoyed feeding others. Ask anyone in the community or any of the many family members and friends that frequented the farmhouse.

She volunteered in the auxiliary at Genesis East for 31+ years. She enjoyed needlepoint, quilting, gardening, attending church, and spending time with family.

The visitation is from 4 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, November 11 at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf. The funeral service will follow at 10:30 am on Friday, November 12th at Our Savior Presbyterian Church in LeClaire (Argo), Iowa. The burial will be at Mt. Union Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice and Curt & Gloria Wilson for their constant attentive care during the last few years of her life.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Presbyterian Church or Hospice.

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November 11, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home
644 River Dr.
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

Funeral Service
November 12, 2021

10:30 AM
Our Savior Presbyterain Church
22530 240th Avenue
LeClaire, IA 52753

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