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Luella M. "Sue" Laden

June 13, 1937 — October 25, 2021

Luella M. “Sue” Laden, 84, of Coal Valley, Illinois, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Monday, October 25, 2021, at home.

Visitation is 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 28, at Trimble Funeral Home, Coal Valley. Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory, Moline, with private burial at Coal Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Roxanne Kramer Student Scholarship Endowment.

The former Luella Mae Adams was born June 13, 1937, in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Harvey and Lanore (Jack) Adams. She graduated from Moline High School in 1955 and married Jules “Toby” Laden on September 20, 1958, in Moline. He died June 5, 2021.

She worked for the John Deere parts department in East Moline for many years. Together with her husband, she owned and operated Pine Acres Christmas Tree Farm for over 30 years. She served as Coal Valley Township Clerk, was active in PTA, and helped coach Dad’s Club softball. She was a proud 41-year breast cancer survivor and, with others, helped form the first Quad Cities breast cancer support group. She also enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Sue is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Julie (Stan) Engstrom of Coal Valley, and Tracy (Michael) Poelvoorde of Geneseo, Illinois; two grandchildren, Corey (Madie) Engstrom, and Kim (Terry) McMaster; and two great-grandchildren, Cassidy and Colten Engstrom. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers, Robert, Donald and Eugene Adams.

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory at Coal Valley, Illinois

1700 First Street, Coal Valley, IL 61240

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