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“I'm so sorry to hear about your moms death,I just saw this on the site,I remember her well from the kids going to school here in Monte.She was always...Read More »
1 of 60 | Posted by: patti casper - montezuma, IA

“I can't believe that you're gone. You were always such an incredible person to be around and even on the days when I didn't really feel like coming...Read More »
2 of 60 | Posted by: David McDonald - St. Louis, MO

“my heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Doug, Megan, Doris and Gino and all of Becca's extended family. she brought joy, love and laughter to all...Read More »
3 of 60 | Posted by: lacene - friend

“I've worked with Becca in Grinnell College Dining since I was in high school. She was always one of the chefs that I admired. Even though she worked...Read More »
4 of 60 | Posted by: Natalie Sims - Grinnell, IA

“Offering my sincere condolences to Becca's family and friends. She will be missed greatly and remembered fondly. ”
5 of 60 | Posted by: Bill Molison - Grinnell, IA

“I have a lot of fond memories from are younger days, Rebecca you will be very missed. but your memories will remain with me forever. my heart goes...Read More »
6 of 60 | Posted by: peter crawford - friend

“Becca's family, I am so sorry about your loss. I enjoyed having Becca in my classes. She was a very nice young lady. Linda Estes ”
7 of 60 | Posted by: Linda Estes - Northwood, IA

“My heart is breaking along with all of yours! Carter, Linda and Delaney are those of you that I know best. I don't have any profound words that...Read More »
8 of 60 | Posted by: Jerilyn Renaud - grinnell, IA

“I went to school with Becca in Brooklyn. We had a lot a great times together, like the time we went to her brothers house stayed overnight, (with...Read More »
9 of 60 | Posted by: Ann Morrow - Blairstown, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Becca and the family! God bless you and your loved ones during these difficult times. Bill and Lisa Kephart and...Read More »
10 of 60 | Posted by: Bill Kephart - Kirksville, MO

“I am saddened to hear of this tragic loss. Becca was a wonderful person who enriched my life many times over. I, like everyone who knew her, loved...Read More »
11 of 60 | Posted by: Ed Church - Blakesburg, IA

“I will miss so many things about you girl! It took me a long time to say how I feel about your departure from us. I know deep in my heart you are a...Read More »
12 of 60 | Posted by: Julie Gipson - Friend Forever

“I will truly miss you Becca. We sure had some fun times together! Lots of laughs! Thanks dear friend for some GREAT memories! Deb Shearer ”
13 of 60 | Posted by: Debra Shearer - friend

“I remember Becca from highschool. Lost touch with her after graduation. Thoughts and prayers go out to her special friends and family. ”
14 of 60 | Posted by: Pauline (Kriegel) Plants

“Jerry and I both worked with Becca, what a wonderful person. Hard working and fun loving. She was a great mom, great friend, and just great person...Read More »
15 of 60 | Posted by: Beth Tindle - friend

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family during this difficult time. Mark, Melissa, Tyler and Jackie Johnson ”
16 of 60 | Posted by: Melissa Johnson - Friend

“Becca was a wonderful friend, with a contagious smile. So many memories of growing up with her, she will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers with...Read More »
17 of 60 | Posted by: Natalie Wissink (Gibson) - IA

“I'm so sorry to here of Becca's passing. Becca and I spent a lot of time together when we were both younger and in school. I will always remember...Read More »
18 of 60 | Posted by: Norma Griffith - Friend

“Becca, you was the most sweetest person I could have ever met. We had some fun times together. You always would come up to me and give me a big hug...Read More »
19 of 60 | Posted by: Jackie Pollock - friend

“Garry Wayne, Delaney, Ryan & Matt - I am so sorry for your loss. You shared a closeness that every mother dreams of and Becca was a person every...Read More »
20 of 60 | Posted by: Karla Bauer - Roland, IA - Friend

“Becca was aways the same & aways new you. A big heart with lots of love.Her family was very important to her.Rest in peace with love and hug. ”
21 of 60 | Posted by: Rita Vogel - Malcom, IA

“Becca will always have a special place in my heart. It was a pleasure to work with Becca- she was so knowledgeable about food, fun to be with- and...Read More »
22 of 60 | Posted by: Jeanette Moser - Grinnell, IA

“Rebecca was one of the most kind and thoughtful people I know. My sympathies to Carter and family. ”
23 of 60 | Posted by: Sharon (Grosenbach) Clayton - IA

“You have our condolences,and prayers for you. Aunt Dawn ( Robert Akers Daughter)& uncle Chuck Farmer ”
24 of 60 | Posted by: Dawn Chuck Farmer - Gainesville, VA

“I had lost touch with Becca over the years and was saddened to hear of her untimely death. I know this tragedy has left her family and friends with...Read More »
25 of 60 | Posted by: Patty Shine - Brooklyn, IA

“I am so sorry we have lost a great lady. Becca was a good neighbor. My heart goes out to Carter and the kids. Please let me know if you need anything...Read More »
26 of 60 | Posted by: Leonard and Sheri Stier - IA

“Becca was one of the strongest women I have known, and as everyone remember- always had a smile for you. My thoughts and prayers are with Carter,...Read More »
27 of 60 | Posted by: Lisa Klipfel (Bailey) - CO

“So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers will be with all of you during this time.... ”
28 of 60 | Posted by: Janet (Mills) Vink - Geneseo, IL

“So Hard to put into words how special Becca was. We have been friends & even related at one time. Becca and I spoke of how our lives had constantly...Read More »
29 of 60 | Posted by: Mary Retter - Gilman, IA - friend

“I know many people will miss you Beeca. I am sorry i never really got to know you. But my sister Jackie and sister Bethanne did. And I will be...Read More »
30 of 60 | Posted by: Connie jo Jurgensen - Friend

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Such a sweet lady she will be missed very much. ”
31 of 60 | Posted by: Deb&Dennis Witte - Kellogg, IA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends at this most hard time. Becca will be missed by many. Becca always had a kind word and...Read More »
32 of 60 | Posted by: Laraine Lemke Houston - friend

“I've known Becca since she was a little girl and our mothers were friends. I'm praying for everyone in her life to find peace during this...Read More »
33 of 60 | Posted by: Becky (Doane) McDaniel - Grinnell, IA

“Our sympathies go out to all of Becca's family, friends, and loved ones at this sad time. She was such a kind and dedicated person. ”
34 of 60 | Posted by: Richard Berman and Family

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially Ryan and Matt--friends and classmates of AJ and Trent. May you find comfort in memories of...Read More »
35 of 60 | Posted by: Barb Baker - Grinnell, IA

“Becca was an amazing person and a wonderful mother to such beautiful children. We are so sorry for your loss and pray for you all during this...Read More »
36 of 60 | Posted by: Shelly Pollock - Belton, MO

““God, bring comfort and peace to Delaney and Carter, family and friends. Bring them strength to get through this most difficult time. Peace is your...Read More »
37 of 60 | Posted by: Katherine Ragsdale - friend

“Becca will be missed very much. Always able to listen, always able to help. But some angels are meant to fly. ”
38 of 60 | Posted by: Nicole Berry - brooklyn , IA

“Becca, I will always remember you for being there for my mother in time of need. Sympathies to Carter and to Beccas Family. So sorry for your loss! ”
39 of 60 | Posted by: Kent Van Ersvelde - Newton, IA

“Please know many are praying for Becca's soul and peace for her family. Becca's beautiful smile and spirit will long live in our hearts. ”
40 of 60 | Posted by: Patty Manatt - Malcom, IA

“Becca I hope you are resting in peace. We are so heartbroken for you and your very loved ones. God be with you on your journey. Our prayers are with...Read More »
41 of 60 | Posted by: Tommy and Phyllis Turner

“Our deepest sympathies go out to Carter and to Becca's family. She was one of the kindest and most caring people we knew here in Grinnell. She...Read More »
42 of 60 | Posted by: Jim and Jana Sawtelle - Grinnell, IA

“Becca you always had a smile on your face. Carter Our thoughts and prayers are with you as well as Becca's family. She will truly be missed! ”
43 of 60 | Posted by: Vic and Deb Bennington - Grinnell

“Delaney, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you. Moms are so special. Just remember, your mom will always be with you! Sending...Read More »
44 of 60 | Posted by: Sue Burrell - Grinnell, IA

“So many memories. Through good and bad we remained friends. You will be missed and I hope you know how much you were loved. Until we meet again..... ”
45 of 60 | Posted by: Janice Tharp - friend

“May you all find peace knowing she is in the arms of the Lord. I'm so sorry for your loss will continue to pray for all of you. ”
46 of 60 | Posted by: Kelly Bailey - Grinnell, IA

“my heart and prayers are with you she wil be missed ”
47 of 60 | Posted by: Nancy Van Wyk - friend

“We were so saddened to hear of passing. We will miss you, your smile and your friendliness. So Glad I got the chance to work with you for so many...Read More »
48 of 60 | Posted by: Margaret & Tom Wilson - Grinnell, IA

“Remember you stopping by to visit, and remember our talks. Remember seeing you right before leaving for Indiana. That was the last time I saw that...Read More »
49 of 60 | Posted by: Katherine Ragsdale - Grinnell, IA

“Always an angel on earth, now an angel above. RIP Becca, you will be greatly missed, especially your awesome smile. Thoughts and prayers to your...Read More »
50 of 60 | Posted by: Sherry Hansen - Brooklyn, ID

“I am so incredibly saddened to hear about Becca's passing. She was truly an amazing resilient woman. My heart goes out to Delaney, Ryan and Matt....Read More »
51 of 60 | Posted by: Mollie Warburton - Grinnell, IA

“I am so sorry for ur loss Becca was so neat to work with I truly enjoyed her ”
52 of 60 | Posted by: Kathy Morrison - Grinnell, IA

“Be blessed, and keep your light shining onward towards your reward of salvation. ”
53 of 60 | Posted by: Beverly Roof - Friend of Family

“May you ride up on angel wings, and rest in peace. Will miss you friend. ”
54 of 60 | Posted by: Peggy Guyer - friend

“I'm so saddened by the loss . I loved u becca . I have thought about u often even though we lost touch . Will miss u ”
55 of 60 | Posted by: lisa symbol - wpb, FL

“i bet your resting in peace with jesus, i remember in the 70's eating mayo, pickle and sugar sandwiches you r a great treasure to many and will be...Read More »
56 of 60 | Posted by: tina fenske orr - grinnell, IA

“i bet your resting in peace with jesus, i remember in the 70's eating mayo, pickle and sugar sandwiches you r a great treasure to many and will be...Read More »
57 of 60 | Posted by: tina fenske orr - grinnell, IA

“i bet your resting in peace with jesus, i remember in the 70's eating mayo, pickle and sugar sandwiches you r a great treasure to many and will be...Read More »
58 of 60 | Posted by: tina fenske orr - grinnell, IA

“Im,so sorry for your loss,i have alot of great memories of Becca,she,s been a friend for since the 70,s.She was a good person,always a smile on her...Read More »
59 of 60 | Posted by: maraget rebik,orr - gilman, IA

“One of nicest people I knew! I will miss seeing you! ”
60 of 60 | Posted by: Vonna Bailey - Grinnell, IA


Rebecca S. Dayton, 51, of Grinnell, died on Friday, September 13, 2013, near Brooklyn of injuries she received in a motorcycle accident.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 19, 2013, at Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell College campus with Rev. Deanna L.K. Shorb, chaplain of Grinnell College, officiating. Casket Bearers will be Garry W. Dayton, Ryan Dayton, Matthew Dayton, Dustin Sharp, Doug Snider and Tom Patten. Inurnment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell beginning 12 noon on Wednesday and the family will be present at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Memorials may be directed to the American Alzheimer's Association and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

Rebecca was born on March 16, 1962, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Larry and Linda Patten Snider. The family lived in Illinois and California and later returned to Iowa. She attended public school in Grinnell and later graduated from B.G.M. High School with the Class of 1980. She lived in Arizona and Maryland for a few years and was married to Garry E. Dayton on March 2, 1992 in Brooklyn, Iowa. She worked in the food service at Grinnell College for over 20 years and was a Chef de cuisine prior to her death.

She was a member of the American Culinary Federation and she enjoyed tending to her flower garden, riding her motorcycle, listening to music and cooking for family and friends.

Survivors include her companion of eight years, Carter VandeStouwe of Grinnell; her children, Garry W. Dayton of Montezuma, Delaney (Dustin) Sharp of Grinnell; Ryan Dayton and Matthew Dayton, both of Ames; her father, Larry Snider of St. George, Utah; her mother, Linda Patten of Grinnell; and one brother, Doug Snider of Waterloo.

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