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Viola E. Rock
Viola E. Rock, 99, of Eldridge, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, July 1, 2017, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

Viola was born June 14, 1918, on the family farm in Scott County to Charles and Dora Frauen Boll. She married Arnold C. Rock on May 4, 1938, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport. They farmed their Century Farm north of Maysville, where she continued to live until moving to Grand Haven Retirement Community in 2007.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Davenport Moose Lodge, Scott County Farm Bureau, Northwest Liedertafel, and Pythian Sisters.

Those left to celebrate her life include children, Roger (Dee) Rock of Chandler, Arizona, Merlin Rock of Bettendorf, Ila Jean Rock of Bettendorf, Marianne (James) Lucas of Sugar Grove, Illinois, Marcia (Kent) Paustian of Walcott, Doris (Tom) Lawler of Davenport, Betty (Dave) Birney of DeWitt, Beverly (Mike) Osmun of DeWitt, and Dennis Rock of Eldridge; a daughter-in-law, Betty Ann Rock of Maysville; a special friend, Doris McAdams of Bettendorf; 22 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989; a son, Richard in 2005; an infant daughter; an infant granddaughter; her parents; a sister, Elsie; and two brothers, Raymond and Roland.

Viola enjoyed playing cards and Bingo, reading, word search puzzles, and watching baseball and basketball games on TV. She was very sociable and like visiting with her family and many friends. She especially loved family gatherings on the farm where many wonderful memories were created with her children and their families.

A service of Christian burial was held Friday, July 7, at Runge Mortuary in Davenport, with Pastor Ron Huber officiating. Burial was in the Maysville Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Randy Rock, Ronnie Rock, Todd Lawler, Kyle Birney, Ryan Birney, Chris Osmun, Kevin Lucas, and Brandon Rock.

Memorials may be made to the Maysville Fire Department, St. Paul Lutheran Church, or Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

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