OBITUARY - BETTY JEAN (DOWELL) TRIMBLE
Betty Jean (DOWELL) TRIMBLE was born on January 6, 1926, in rural Taylor county, Iowa, the fifth child to Irvin Charles
and Edna (PERKINS) DOWELL.
She attended country schools until eighth grade and then attended Diagonal high school where she graduated in May of 1943.
She then attended Thompson Beauty School in Des Moines, Iowa, where she graduated in 1944. She worked at May's Beauty
On September 1, 1945, she married Donavon J. TRIMBLE in Des Moines. They later moved to California and then came back to
Iowa where she opened up her own business called Doll's Beauty Salon. After operating the salon for 30 years, in 1986 she
closed her shop, they sold their lake home in the Ozarks where she and Donavon had spent many happy times and they moved
to their retirement home in Altoona, Iowa.
Don passed away in March 1987, and Betty continued to make her home in Altoona until just one month ago when she entered
the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr to be closer to family.
Betty wanted to be an independent person, she loved her garden, flowers and the out-of-doors. She enjoyed special times
with family, loved feeding birds, walnut gathering time and mushroom hunting as long as she was able. She enjoyed cooking
and shared her homemade goodies with neighbors and friends. She was a neat person and will be missed by all.
Betty and Donavon had no children but she leaves to survive her, sisters, Mary STEVENS of Des Moines, Marjorie and husband
Dick YASHACK of Diagonal, Iowa, Patty and husband Wallace SOBOTKA of Benton, Iowa; one brother Donald DOWELL and wife
Evelyn of Waukee, Iowa; sister-in-law Irene TRIMBLE of Des Moines; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Betty in death were her husband Donavon; her parents, Irvin and Edna DOWELL; her parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Fred TRIMBLE; brothers, Orville and Iven DOWELL; sisters-in-law, Eva PRITCHARD, Mabel ADER, Mayme HOPKINS; brothers-in-law,
Lester TRIMBLE, Fred PRITCHARD and Ralph STEVENS; and a nephew Ronald YASHACK.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 4, 2000, at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with Reverend
Pam FARREN officiating. Musicians were Ginny EIGHMY and Rhonda BRAND. Casket bearers were Mike SOBOTKA, Bob SOBOTKA,
Dennis DOWELL, Brad SELEY, Jr. VanHOFTEN and Gary LADD.
Betty was laid to rest in the Altoona Cemetery, Altoona.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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