Mary Ellen Gripp


Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Ellen Gripp, 79, a lifelong resident of Davenport, were held Feb. 9, 2010, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Davenport. Visitation was held Feb. 8 at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Mary Ellen passed away peacefully with her entire family at her side, Feb. 4, 2010, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Memorials may be made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church or Good Samaritan Health Care Facility, Davenport. 

Mary Ellen Collins was born on May 27, 1930, in Davenport, a daughter of Vincent and Honora (Bradley) Collins.  She was united in marriage to John R. “Jack” Gripp on July 8th, 1950, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport and remained united until her beloved husband’s passing in 1995.

Mary was a member of the Davenport Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary, St. Patty Days Society and St. Alphonsus parish.  She touched the lives of countless local children with her many years of service as a daycare provider with Sugar & Spice Daycare and her own in home daycare.    

She is survived by her sons, Bill, Mike (Debbie), Jerry, Pat, Tom all of Davenport, Bob (Leah) of Flagstaff, Ariz.; grandchildren. Justin Gripp, Jessica Smeltzer (Gripp), Tony Gripp, Brittany Gripp, Sarah Gripp, Hannah Gripp and Cate Gripp; great-grandchildren Kerstin and Kinnick Smeltzer. Mary was especially fond of her Collins family nieces and nephews and the bond they shared.   


Mary was preceded in death by her parents, sister Patricia Collins, brother William Collins and her loving husband Jack Gripp. May they rest in peace.

Mary Ellen’s family thanks the staff at Good Samaritan, Genesis West and Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House for their care and attention in the past year of Mary’s life.  Special thanks to Dr. Rose Milano, NPR; Dr. Ann O’Donnell, DO, and Amy Osborne with Good Samaritan Visiting Nurses. Gratitude also is owed to Jessica Smeltzer and Shirley Peters for the love and care they showed Mary. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Mary Ellen’s obituary at


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