Velma Gertrude was born on Feb. 19, 1921, in Buffalo Prairie, Ill., to Fred S. and Velma I. Graham Castle Sr. Gertrude and George W. Bethell eloped on May 7, 1940, to Tipton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 2001.
Gertrude was employed for 36 years with the Mercer County ASCS Office, retiring in 1996. She was a member of the Mercer County Home Extension, Mercer County Hospital Auxiliary, Davenport Moose Lodge, Business and Professional Women, Varsity Dinner Dance Club, Federal Retirees Employees Association and College Avenue Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Women's Association
Those left to cherish Gertrude's memory include her children and their spouses, Marna and David Ehlers, of Coal Valley, George Laverne and Jane Bethell, of Davenport, and Diana and Jim Vance, of Aledo; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her beloved companion, "Pug." She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Arnold, Stuart, Rea, Henry, Merle, Fred, Lynn and Leonard Castle.
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