|Gwendolyn C. "Gwen" Cliff|
|July 16, 1954 - May 19, 2012|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday May 22, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday May 23, 2012 at Bettendorf Christian Church, 3487 Towne Pointe Dr., Bettendorf, Iowa|
|Gwendolyn C. “Gwen” Cliff, 57, of Rock Island, died Saturday, May 19, 2012 at her home.|
Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Bettendorf Christian Church, 3487 Towne Pointe Dr., Bettendorf. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Gwendolyn Carlene Anderson was born on July 16, 1954 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, a daughter of Les and Ruth Norman Anderson. She married John M. Cliff on May 25, 1974 in Rock Island.
She graduated from Rock Island High School in 1972 and from the former Moline Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. Gwen worked in the nursery and postpartum at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus Birth Center for over 31 years.
Gwen was a member of the Bettendorf Christian Church. Her life was devoted to her family whom she loved dearly.
Survivors include her husband, John; daughter, Carly Cliff, Rock Island; sons and daughter-in-law, Gregory Cliff, Chicago and Michael and Katherine Cliff, Colorado Springs, Colo.; granddaughters, Molly Cliff, Rock Island and Adeline Cliff, Colorado Springs; her mother, Ruth Anderson, Rock Island; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kay and John Retzl, Moline, Joan and Don Rinner, Iowa City and Jean Anderson and Dale Nicely, Rockford; eight nieces and nephews; and a number of great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Les.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com.
Gwen - you got to go home early because you were such a wonderful person. Anyone who knew you will miss you here, but we know you are in good hands.
John - 38 Years of freindship and love. Gwen wanted you to know she was concered about how you would fare after she left. She knew you loved her and she knew she loved you. We all could see it too, when you were down in Florida
-- John Kittler
Gwen, you will be greatly missed. You be forever in my heart. It was wonderful to have you a friend and co-worker.
-- Shelly Kuhl
So many happy memories of family times in Swedesburg, IA where we grew up. Thoughts and prayers seem hardly enough for her family at this time and yet I believe Gwen can now rest and is at peace. I am so thankful to Kay and John for giving me a final chance to see her and say goodbye. Love and memories, Cheryl
-- Cheryl (Morgan) Castellanos
Gwen was a grear lady and good friend of ours. She took after her Mon & Dad Ruth & Les Anderson who were also great friends. She will be greatly missed, but we are sure she will be able to play her music in God's orchestra in Heaven.
Rest in peace Gwen.
Dixie & Sam Wince
-- Sam & Dixie Wince
Dearest Gwen, your struggle is over and now you are with the Lord. We will miss you here on earth but we look forward to the day when we see you in heaven ! Our lives here on earth were better because we knew you. Our prayers are with your family and friends.
Scott & Gail
-- Scott Sund and Gail McRill
Jean - you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Shane, Melinda, Michael, & Addy
-- Shane & Melinda
I offer my deepest sympathy to all of you at this time sadness at the death of Gwen. I worked as a chaplain at Genesis for many years and remember her there as one who made a difference in so many people's lives, often at the time of great joy, but also in those times of sadness, too. I also am a colleague and friend of Jean's, and offer my prayer and thoughts to all of you in this time of grief and loss that the mercy, love, and grace of God might be with you all to sustain you and bring you peace.
-- Pastor Jane McChesney
Gwen, You will be sorely missed by your family. I just regret I am far away and unable to be there for your family, but you and John should believe myself and my sons, Terry and Troy, have never forgotten you and how much we appreciated everything you did and the great times we shared together. All our prayers and love.
-- Cheryl Jeanne (Clliff) Davison
Aunt Gwen will surely be missed by many people. She has such a fun, giving and outgoing personality. I will never forget what Gwen taught me, esp my love for camping. Her joy of loving to cook for everyone...it was always good! My prayers are esp. for comfort for John, Carly, Molly, Greg, Mike, my Mom,and Grandma as wll as the rest of the family. Love, Amy and Family
You have joined a place that we all think about and wonder. Hopefully you meet Les, Doris, LaVerne and all those other special people in God's World.
I remember our play times in the playhouse that Les built. What fun!!
Take Care. You are with God now and he will take care of you for now and forever.
Susan and family
-- Susan M. Peterson Flores
My thoughts and prayers go out to you Cliff Family. May the lord help you find comfort during this difficult time. Jamie (Green) Bergthold
-- Jamie (Green) Bergthold
for greg&his family-cindy and i send our thoughts and prayers.youre mom is at peace and we hope you are too.
-- steve & cindy rohrer
Dear Cliff Family,
I am so sorry for your loss and this difficult time. I hope the fond family memories will help get you through this painful time. God Bless You.
(co-worker of Greg Cliff)
-- Jill Grishaber
Gwen, I will miss you dearly. We worked together for 31 years and I am fortunate to have many wonderful memories. May God be with you on this new journey. Love Joan
-- Joan McCann
It's been years since I last saw Gwen, but I still remember her warm laugh and gentle heart. I have many happy memories of her from high school. I am so sorry for your loss.
-- Cindy Gibson
From the poison ivy picinic to the last visit in Panama City Beach, I'll always have fond memories of you. If I ever get to heaven, I'll be asking around for you. Rest well, you've earned it.
-- Darron and Lynne Carlson
John & family,
We are so sorry to hear of Gwen's death. I so enjoyed being in a small group with her at Grace as she was so caring and supportive. Our sympathy to you all. May God's grace and love give you peace and comfort.
-- Kris & Jon Dohrmann
To the family of Gwen,
I am so sorry to hear of yur loss. I used to work with Gwen. She was such a great person, and one of the best nurses I know. You all are in my prayers.
-- Sharon Fulton