Betty Dorenkamp

   Betty A. (Soma) Dorenkamp, 89, Belmond, died Jan. 12, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. A private memorial service is planned, at First Reformed Church, Meservey.

  Betty Ann was born to Norris and Eveline (John-son) Soma on Sept. 12, 1931, the fifth of eight children. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. While growing up on a farm near Belmond, she attended country school and then graduated from Belmond High School in 1950. She then worked as a secretary for General Mills.

  On June 29, 1951 she was united in marriage to Donald Dorenkamp, and they were blessed with nearly 70 years together. In 1953 Don and Betty moved to a farm between Meser-vey and Thornton where they made a home for their growing family. Betty assisted with planting, harvesting and daily chores. She had a “green thumb” and did lots of canning. Her children marveled at her skill with a butcher knife as she would cut corn off a cob or prepare a chicken for frying. In 1977 Don and Betty built a new home on Willow Street in Thornton where an impressive pig collection grew and countless more memories were made.

  Betty was an excellent cook and baker, especially famous for her Christmas sugar cookies. She was active in various church groups and always willing to add a helping hand. Her family was the center of her life, with holidays, lake vacations, and DFW gatherings the highlights each year. The storytelling, cards and games were always more fun because of her sense of humor. She was an avid sports fan and spent countless hours at ball diamonds, football fields, basketball games and track events cheering on her family and friends. She and Don enjoyed several bus trips to Branson, MO, and plenty of socializing wher-ever people gathered.

  In 2013, after Don and Betty moved to the Belmond Community Apartments, she became a fixture in “Leg Alley” where she continued to make friends. In August 2018, Betty became a resident of the Rehabilitation Center.

  She was preceded in death by her sisters Dorothy Barkema, Eleonor Pals, Muriel Durant and Shirley Pals; and grandson Dustin Dorenkamp.

  Betty is survived by her husband Don of Belmond; children David (Helen) of Milford, Al (Jo) of Polk City, Kathy (Michael) Atkinson of Hampton, Susan (Bob) Howe of Waverly, and Heidi (Nick) Merfeld of Ames: sister Lois Beisner of Des Moines; brothers Gilman and Charles (Phoebe) Soma of Belmond; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

  Condolences may be sent to Betty’s family c/o Ewing Funeral Home, P.O. Box 301, Belmond, 50421.