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August 11, 1947 ~ September 13, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Mary departed her earthly life peacefully at Genesis East, Davenport, IA, after battling serious illness for many years with family at her bedside.
Visitation will be 2pm - 3pm, Saturday, November 4, 2023, with a funeral service at 3pm at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of the Rock Island Rotary.
Mary was a most intelligent, gentle and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Richard(Dick) Fislar, her twin sister, Marcy Bell, both of Rock Island, IL, a step son, Brian Fislar(Kris) of The Colony, TX, on daughter, Becky Milton-Howard(Bret), of Arlington, VA, a son, Andrew Milton(Shannon) of Davenport, IA, and eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mary and Dick shared over forty-five wonderful years together where they traveled to over 130 countries, all fifty states and six continents. Mary was an avid runner. She ran in over 400 races and co-directed the Reindeer Ramble for thirty years. She was elected to the QCSO Hall of Fame for runners in 2021.
Mary was the manager and co-owner of Picture Perfect Travel with her husband for over thirty-two years. She was highly respected in the travel industry and was also a highly honored member of the Rock Island Rotary where she served as President, was a Paul Harris Fellow and was honored to be the Rotarian of the year for Rotary District 6420.
Mary was born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin to Byron & Evelyn Bell. Her parents preceded her in death. She came to the Quad Cities after graduating from Badger High in Lake Geneva where she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree from Augustana College in sociology and a Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University in counseling.