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Memorial Celebration of Life

United Presbyterian Home
Sunday May 26th, 2019

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Ethel Dayton

A Celebration of Life for Ethel V. Dayton, 92, of Washington will be held Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 2 PM at the United Presbyterian Home Dining Hall in Washington. Ethel donated her body to the University of Iowa Anatomical Department. A general memorial fund has been established. Ethel Dayton died Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital following a sudden illness. The Beatty Peterseim Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ethel Viola Scalf was born January 7, 1927, in Green Valley, Iowa, the daughter of Merton and Lydia (Miller) Scalf. She graduated from Wellman High School and attained her teacher’s certification while in high school. She taught at Maple Grove Rural School. On September 21, 1944, she was united in marriage to Don Dayton in Cedar Rapids. While Don served in the military Ethel went to cosmetology school in Brooklyn, New York. After returning to Iowa the couple owned and operated Dayton’s Beauty Salon in Washington for 21 years and then started the Burlington Beauty Academy and later the Keokuk Beauty Academy which they operated for 30 years. Ethel enjoyed bowling and playing golf.

Survivors include her husband Don of Washington, granddaughter Kaela Alecock, and two great-grandchildren: Kamari and Riley all of Savanah, Georgia. Also surviving are her sister Evelyn (Bob) Benninger of Muskegon, Michigan, and her brother Daniel (Linda) Scalf of Centerville, Minnesota.

Preceding Ethel in death were her parents, her son Jim Dayton and six siblings: Louisa Stewart, Carolyn Peck, Iva Redlinger, Calvin Scalf, Doris Hayes, and George Scalf.

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This was the most incredible woman in my life other than my mother,, Ethel Dayton truly changed my life I don't know where I would be or what I'd be doing today if she wasn't there for me in cosmetology school, for some reason I've been thinking about her and thought I would try to find out where she Dom was living and I wanted to drive up and see her . What a heartache when I ran across this it broke my heart , you will be missed! you are incredible person and you have changed many peoples lives james bell jaimebell223@gmail.com

james bell Feb 16 2021 12:00 AM

Hey Penny it's james bell I worked with you at Reges what a loss I just ran across this book my heart... If you want shoot me an email let's catch up jaimebell223@gmail.com

james bell Feb 16 2021 12:00 AM

Hey Penny how are you doing it's James from Regis I just found this today it really saddens me that she was gone I just spoke to her a few years ago Time has really flown this woman changed my life if you get time let's catch up

james bell Feb 13 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Ethel. May it be of comfort knowing that God cares about what you are going through and wants to help you through this sad time.(1 Peter 5:7; Psalms 34:18)

Danielle May 27 2019 12:00 AM

She was a great lady. She was an excellent instructor. She loved her family very much. She had a wonderful long life with many blessings. She will be missed by many. God Bless Ethel. Hold her your arms Jesus. Prayers for Don and Kaela going out. Although I will not be able to attend her celebration I will be praying for peace and comfort for all.

Penny Alecock May 22 2019 12:00 AM