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Mary (Bette) Bonte Woods, 88, of Milan, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Generations, Rock Island, IL.
At her request, the body was cremated and buried in Rock Island Memorial Park. She requested no visitation or memorial service. Her desire was for family and friends, whom she loved dearly, to remember her happy and always smiling in life.
The former Mary (Bette) Carr was born on February 7, 1931 in Rock Island to John and Mary Marshall Carr. She married Raymond Bonte on November 5, 1949. They were separated by his death on June 24, 1986. She was married to Kenneth Woods Sr. from 1991 to 1993 and he preceded in death in 2017.
Mary was employed in the business office at St. Ambrose until 1979 at which time she started employment at Augustana College. She was employed there as an Accounts Payable Supervisor until he retirement in 1996. After retirement, she worked part-time at Project Now, the Rock Island County Senior Center and managed the Moxie Stone for the YWCA. She was a member of the R.I. Moose Auxiliary, the Moline American Legion Auxiliary, the R.I. Eagles Auxiliary, the R.I. VFW, the Moline Friends Circle Club, the St. Patrick’s Society and the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.
She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Bonte of Wisconsin and daughter, Dr. Colette Bonte of Maine; sister, JoAnn Theuninck; brothers and spouses, Donald and Billie Jo Carr of Moline and Daniel and Helen Carr of Ohio and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Raymond, a brother, Patrick Carr, sister, Kay Francis Carr Rook, brother-in-law, Roger Theuninck and nephews, Glen Hostens, Jr. and Jason Theuninck. She requested we send her final words to her family and friends: “If you think of me, smile. I am thinking of you and smiling.” Memorials may be made to Rock Island County Animal Care & Control or Mooseheart Child City & School.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.deroofuneralhome.com.