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Northcrest Memorials | Elizabeth (Betty) Dahm

Northcrest Memorials | Elizabeth (Betty) Dahm

Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Dahm, age 98, of Ames, passed away on February 27, 2019 at Northcrest Community in Ames.

Born on March 17, 1920 in Vincennes, Indiana, Betty was the daughter of Walter and Bernice (Harrison) Baker. Betty earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign and did post-graduate work in journalism at Iowa State University. Betty was united in marriage to Paul Dahm on June 6, 1941 at the Heyworth Presbyterian Church in Heyworth, Illinois. She was a homemaker and then worked for the Iowa State University press as the head proof reader for many years. Betty was a member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, where she served as a deaconess. She was also on the committee to redesign the sanctuary. Betty was also a member of P.E.O. While in college, Betty was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority, and had remained active with the ISU Chapter for many years. She was an avid tennis player, and competed in the senior Olympics. Betty enjoyed poetry and was a member of the Iowa Poetry Association. She had some of her poems published in the yearly publication “Lyrical Iowa”. 

Betty knows that she was loved and wanted her family and friends to know she loved them. Betty is survived by her children: Patricia Flores of San Antonio, Texas, Margaret Stevenson of Mareno Valley, California, and Paul “Fred” (Diane) Dahm of Austin, Texas; seven grandchildren: Angela (Brandon) Fain, Matthew (Sara) Stevenson, Elizabeth (William) Wang, Carter (Lauren) Dahm, Brian (Elizabeth) Dahm, Sarah (Emerson) Hunte, and Jeffrey (Annie) Dahm; 14 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Dahm; sister, Virgina Shuman; brother, Walter (Maude) Baker; and a sister-in-law, Jean Gehrt.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; a son, Charles Dahm; a grandson, Richard Flores; a sister, Harriett Baker; and brothers: William Baker and Fred Baker.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the ISU cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for Betty’s family at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be directed to Collegiate Presbyterian Church or to Northcrest Community Foundation, 1801 20th Street, Ames, IA  50010.

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