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Brenda Dee (Conklin) Ratliff

May 30, 1951 - July 12, 2017

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Brenda Dee (Conklin) Ratliff, 66, of Emden, IL died Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at her home in Emden.  She was born May 30, 1951 in Moline, IL.  

Brenda is preceded in death by Joseph J. Zimmerman and Dorothy Pauli-Zimmerman, Joseph Zimmerman Jr., Victoria Schott, Laurie Zimmerman, David Conklin, Steve Zimmerman, Stephen Conklin, and Stephany Zimmerman.

Brenda was passionate about reading, drawing, writing poetry, watching Sci-Fi, and spending time with family and friends.  She was an active contributor to the National Wildlife Federation, Disabled Veterans, and The Policeman’s Benevolent Association.  Family and friends often came to her for guidance.  She was baptized on Nov. 21, 1997 at Community Christian Fellowship.  Her close friends referred to her as “amazing grace” and her favorite quote was:  “To thine own self be true” by William Shakespeare.  Brenda was a graduate of United Township High School-East Moline and studied at Carl Sandburg College.

She is survived by her daughter, Angelique (Jose) Zamora; granddaughters, Ashly (Ryan) King, Chelsea Rupe, Sydney Zamora, grandsons; Nicholas and Austin Zamora, great grandchildren; Griffin and Oliver King, and Bradley Swart, brothers; Dick (Sheryl Eckermann, Vincent Conklin, Al Zimmerman and John Zimmerman, sisters; Julie (Bob) Wilson, Linda Zimmerman, and Jennifer Zimmerman.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

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