Lois Suiter O'Malley, 91, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Monday, July 9, 2012 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Services in celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Princeton Presbyterian Church, 630 3rd St, Princeton, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, July 13, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge, Davenport, Iowa. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire, IA. Memorials may be made to Princeton Presbyterian Church or to the Scott Community College Foundation. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mrs. O'Malley was born in 1920 in Princeton, Iowa to Zach and Marie Suiter. A graduate of Davenport (Central) High School, she majored in home economics at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA. Although she had her career sights set on interior design, her father encouraged her to pursue a teaching degree. She briefly taught in Lowden, then pursued her dream of travel and became a flight attendant with United Airlines in 1946. On October 27, 1951, she married William J. O'Malley in Davenport. He died January 8, 1994. She worked in retail and for other interior designers before establishing Lois Suiter O'Malley Interiors 36 years ago. Her work included residences and commercial projects ranging from an island home in Florida to projects in Germany and Costa Rica. In addition, her design work included the family owned bank. She was a member of Princeton Presbyterian Church, Bank Director of the former Great River Bank for over 40 years, Figge Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, P.E.O., Questers, and Scott Community College Foundation. She also loved being with friends and family, history of the Mississippi River, interior design, travel, architecture, and boating.
Survivors include brother, Glen H. Suiter; nieces, Anne (William) Cherowitzo, Sarah Danaher, and Jane (David) Lakeman; nephew, Stephen G. (Ann) Suiter; great-nephews, Peter, (Jill) Ditmon, Thomas Ditmon, Patrick Danaher, Matthew Danaher, Gregory Gahard, Grant Gahard, Philip Suiter, Zach Suiter, and Scott Suiter; great-great-niece, Katie Ditmon and great-great-nephew, Lukas Ditmon. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, sisters-in-law Ruth Ann Suiter and Jean V. Suiter, and nephew-in-law, John M. Danaher.
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