Bette Marie Van Dorin

  • Born: February 3, 1921
  • Died: April 10, 2016
  • Location: Moravia, Iowa

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1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Bette Marie Van Dorin, age 95 of Moravia, Iowa passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville, Iowa.

She was born in Monroe County, Iowa on February 3, 1921, the daughter of Austin Lee and Aleafa Leona (Platt) Hiatt. Bette graduated from Moravia High School in 1937.

Bette was united in marriage to Jake Day. They later divorced. She was then united in marriage to Glen Van Dorin. Glen preceded Bette in death.

She worked at the Moravia Union Newspaper in her early adult years. She later took a position with Farm Service in Moravia. Following Glen's death, Bette attended Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa where she enrolled in administrative assistant/clerical courses. She subsequently accepted a clerical position with the Appanoose County Department of Human Services. Bette maintained her position with DHS for over twenty years until her retirement.

Bette resided in Moravia, Iowa for most of her life. She was an active member of the Moravia community throughout her adulthood, including her membership with the Grace United Methodist Church. Bette was also a member of the ETC Club, the Centerville 18-80 Club, as well as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over seventy years.

She is survived by her three children, James (Paulette) Day of Norwalk, Iowa, Vicki (Danny) Bride of Moravia, Iowa, and Bob (Sally) Van Dorin of Indianola, Iowa; ten grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Koffman of Albia, Iowa; a son-in-law, Jim Kearney of Urbandale, Iowa; two nieces and one nephew.

Bette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen Van Dorin; a daughter, Carol Kearney; an infant son, Dennis Paul Day; and a son-in-law, Mike Koffman.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Moravia, Iowa with Reverend Cindy Finn officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Moravia. A visitation will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home in Moravia, Iowa from 12 PM-8 PM, with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM. Memorials have been established to either the Grace United Methodist Church or to the Moravia First Responders and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be expressed online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

What precious memories I have of Betty! She was so encouraging and always faithful to our Bible class at Golden Age. All of us were in shock. She will be missed by many and especially by me. I treasured her friendship greatly. May you as family be comforted by our great God.
Marilyn Barber

Posted by Marilyn Barber - Centerville, IA - Friend   April 14, 2016

May God wrap his loving arm around you and give you strength to get through this most difficult time
Vicki--Your mom was a gem -- she took us girls with a grain of salt and laugh at all the stuff we use to do--she always had time for a quick chat when ever we would meet--Sorry that I can not make it to visitation or the funeral, but know that you are in my thoughts and prays

Posted by JoAnn Laurson - Friend   April 13, 2016

Bob,Vicki and families: I was so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She was one of my favorite people to run into and catch up on life's events with. I especially enjoyed being neighbors with her at the apts on Brandon before I left Moravia. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and know that God will wrap you in His arms during this sad time.

Posted by Lisa Corbett Wulff - Des Moines, IA - Friend   April 12, 2016


Staff and residents loved Betty and she will be missed in our family here at Golden Age. She left us with many memories and we are sure there are a lot of memories for the family also to help with the their sorrow . Rest in peace precious lady. Staff and residents of Golden Age.

Posted by Dalene Hamilton - Albia, IA - Friend   April 12, 2016

Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving memories give you peace.

Posted by Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson    April 12, 2016


Sorry to hear of your loss.

Posted by nellie thomas - Centerville, IA - Classmate   April 11, 2016