Dr. Betty Klein Whitted, 90, died peacefully in Rock Island on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Services were held Monday, May 19 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alleman High School or St. Pius X Catholic Church, both of Rock Island. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island assisted the family.

Dr. Betty Klein Whitted, 90, died peacefully in Rock Island on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Services were held Monday, May 19 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alleman High School or St. Pius X Catholic Church, both of Rock Island. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island assisted the family.

Betty was born on Feb. 26, 1924, in Rock Island, the daughter of Emil and Theresa Klein. A highly educated woman, Betty graduated from Marycrest College with a BA and MA in education, and was bestowed her PhD from Walden University. Betty spent her adult years as an elementary teacher. She taught at Briar Bluff and Erie School districts, retiring in 1980. Mert and Betty their retirement days traveling the world.

Betty and Merton M. Whitted married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island in 1948. With Betty at Mert’s side during his five terms as mayor in Geneseo, Betty gave countless hours volunteering in civic organizations to improve life in Geneseo. Organizations included: Columbian Club, contributing author for City Chatter, summer music festivals and others. Under Betty’s direction, a state award for community service was bestowed. Betty was instrumental in establishing Friends of WQPT Public TV and was a supporter of the United Way.

Betty’s deep Catholic faith kept her active at St. Pius Catholic Church as lector, religious education teacher and Eucharistic minister, as well as a member of the parish council. Memberships included: St. Pius X Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society, Daughters of Isabella, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Allouez Council No. 658 Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Beta Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma (teacher’s honors sorority) Moline American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 246 and Catholic Social Services Board. Recipient of the St. Ambrose University Honorary 2003 Award. Betty was an anonymous benefactor to many.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Michael (Kathy) J. Whitted of St. Charles; grandchildren, Michael, Lauren and Matthew; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merton; parents; a sister, Mary Klein Rommel and a brother, Robert Klein.

Special thanks to the people of Friendship Manor, especially Mary, Danielle and Carol for your extra care.