1924-2018

Betty Jean Lynam, 94, daughter of Roy & Blanche Pittman, was born March 24, 1924 in Cooper, Iowa. She passed away Monday, October 1, 2018 at the New Homestead in Guthrie Center, Iowa.

Betty grew up and was raised in the Jamaica area, graduating from Jamaica High School in 1942. She met and married Dale Lynam on November 4, 1942 in Jefferson, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Donna (died in infancy), Linda, Larry, and Jean. In the early years of their marriage she learned to drive a straight truck and hauled corn cobs! She later settled on being a great cook, first for the YJB school system and then owned and operated the Hide A Way Café in Panora, and cooked at the West End Café in Panora until retiring.

She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed traveling. She always was up to going to see her grandchildren and later great grandchildren at school or sporting events. Upon retiring, she enjoyed embroidering tea towels and selling many of them at the farmers market in Panora. She also enjoyed word puzzles until her eyesight prevented her from doing that.

She entered the New Homestead in Guthrie Center in 2015, where she learned she loved the game of Bingo! She never wanted to miss Bingo day, marking her calendar to be sure she didn’t miss out on it!

Left to mourn her are her children, Linda (Bill) Jordan of Panora; Larry (Pam) Lynam of Panora; and Jean (Carl) Kepple of Panora; 10 grandchildren & 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois McDowell of Perry; Shirley Appenzellar of Perry; Lilly Brown of Ankeny; and Joyce Donnely of Fremont, NE. Along with many other family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Dale, infant daughter Donna, granddaughter Jenny Bierly, brothers Earl and Junior Pittman, and sister Mae Carpentar.

The family would like to thank the staff of the New Homestead and Hospice of the Midwest for the loving care they gave to Betty.

A Celebration of Life was held Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora. Burial of her cremains was at the Brethren Cemetery, Panora.