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Becky Nunley of Davenport died a week after being involved in an auto accident in which she originally believed she was fine.

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The family of Becky Nunley of Davenport finally got some good news Tuesday.

Nunley, 52, was involved in a two-vehicle crash Aug. 1 in Davenport. Initially, she said she felt OK and refused treatment. But two days later, when family members could not revive her, Nunley was transported to University Hospitals, Iowa City. Doctors determined she had bleeding in the brain. Despite two brain surgeries, she died on Aug. 8.

A worry of her two siblings and her daughter, who all are legally disabled, was eased Tuesday when they learned that they qualify for funds to have Nunley cremated, which was her wish.

"This is quite a relief," said Nunley's only sister, Anna Wallace.

Nunley, Wallace and their brother, Daniel Wallace, lived together in Davenport, along with Nunley's daughter, Candy Cameron, who is mentally challenged.

Along with the anguish of losing their sisters, Anna and Daniel Wallace also are uncertain how they will pay their bills. Anna Wallace had only liability insurance on her vehicle, which was involved in the Aug. 1 collision. She has no funds to get it fixed.

The incident unfolded like this:

Davenport police responded to an accident about 5 p.m. Aug. 1 on Lincoln Avenue and West 13th Street. Anna Wallace was driving her van with Nunley and Cameron as passengers. A car driven by Avianna Simmons, 21, of Davenport, was westbound on 13th Street but stopped at a stop sign at Lincoln. Wallace said she put on her right turn signal to change lanes. But as she approached 13th Street, Simmons pulled out and was struck by Wallace's van.

Simmons was cited with failing to yield from a stop sign and having no car insurance.

Simmons was not seriously injured. Wallace was treated and released from a hospital and Cameron was treated at the scene. But police said Nunley refused treatment.

"She is the only one who didn't go to the hospital," Daniel Wallace said of Nunley. "She said she was OK. She came home, went to the park with the kids the next day, but that Sunday morning, my niece was trying to wake her up for her medicine and she wouldn't wake up."

"But according to Iowa City, they wouldn't have found (the bleeding) anyway. It was not a big artery, but a small vessel," Anna Wallace said.

Wade Stierwalt, case aide supervisor for the Scott County Community Services Department, said his office works with people in financial need to determine whether they qualify for burial or cremation costs. In Nunley's case, he said the family easily qualified for cremation rites performed by Runge Mortuary and Crematory, Davenport.

"Anna thanked me and said what a big relief it is," Stierwalt said. "They are all good people. I am blessed to have met them. I am fortunate I can help people. Anna didn't have the anger toward the other driver for losing her sister, and she impressed me how kind she was."

It must run in the family. That is just about how Daniel Wallace described Nunley.

"She was a good-hearted person," she said. "She never met a stranger, especially a kid. if a kid was in trouble, she would help them out."