On Aug. 23, 2013, Beth Erkonen’s soul left this earth. She died after a brief, sudden battle with lymphoma. Consistent with her generous character, she donated her body to the Anatomy Department at the University of Iowa.
She was born in Sterling, Ill., on May 21, 1934, to Isaac and Ella Mae (Renkes) Vandermyde. She graduated from Morrison High School in 1952. In 1956, she graduated from the University of Iowa College of Nursing with an RN, BS. While a nursing student, she met her husband, Bill. They were married on Sept. 7, 1957. Her long career in nursing included many years as a visiting nurse in Streator, Ill. For her devoted care of others, she was awarded a Distinguished Citizen of the Year award. She was a longtime volunteer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, accruing over 5,000 service hours.
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