1927 - 2019

Ethel V. Dayton, 92, of Washington, died Sunday, May 19, 2019. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Home Dining Hall in Washington with Andrew Zuehlke officiating. Ethel donated her body to the University of Iowa Anatomical Department. A general memorial fund has been established. The Beatty Peterseim Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ethel Viola Scalf was born Jan. 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 Sept. 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, N.Y. 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; two great-grandchildren: Kamari and Riley all of Savanah, Ga.; a sister: Evelyn (Bob) Benninger of Muskegon, Mich.; and a brother: Daniel (Linda) Scalf of Centerville, Minn.

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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