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Alma Elliott

Alma Barna Elliott was born 31 Jul 1925 in Troy, New York, and the daughter of Stephen Peter and Josephine Ryan Barna. She graduated high school in New York. Alma attended some college in State University of New York at Albany, New York. In 1943 she moved to Washington D.C. to help her sister with her children. Alma lived two years in D.C. before she decided to attend college again. She wanted to study dietetics so she moved west to Ames, Iowa to attend Iowa State College now Iowa State University.

Alma married Loren Spencer Elliott on April 2, 1948 in the Methodist Collegiate Church in Ames, Iowa. To this marriage, three sons were born: Mark Stephen Elliott, Robert Loren Elliott, and James Reese Elliott. Alma graduated from Iowa State College in Dec 1948 with a B.S. degree in Nutrition. They settled as a family in Jefferson before returning to Ames for a short time. Loren taught Voc-Ag to WWII vets in Manson, Iowa until he took a job in Fort Dodge before his work took them to Sioux City and Topeka. They returned to Iowa where Alma was employed several years as a dietician in the Iowa Methodist Medical Center and in 1986 was a consulting dietician for three retirement homes near Des Moines. They lived in the Des Moines area from 1963 until they moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1993.

Alma was a member of the American Association of University Women.

Alma passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Loren; middle son Robert "Bob" Elliott; sister Joyce and her husband Paul Loatman; father and mother-in-law Mark and Ilah Elliott; brothers and sisters-in-law Jack and Mildred Elliott, Donald and Zoe Nichols, Lois Ives.

Survivors include her sons Mark (Susan) Elliott of Gallup, New Mexico and James "Jim" Elliott of Houston, Texas; daughter-in-law Margaret Elliott of Des Moines, Iowa; three grandchildren Alicia, Mathew, and Sean Elliott, of Robert and Margaret; brother-in-law Roy Ives; niece and nephews Craig (Ellen) Elliott, Dick (Donna) Elliott, Karen (Rick) Bender and Kirk Elliott.

Memorial Service: 2:00 pm - Wed., Oct. 25, 2017 – Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr, Iowa
Family Present: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Wed., Oct. 25 – Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr, Iowa
Burial: Glendale Cemetery 4909 University Av., Des Moines, IA, Ph (515)248-6320 Block 30 Section A, 2pm, April 2, 2018.

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The Elliotts were our neighbors and friends in Leisure World. Alma talked me into joining AAUW and we had many connections! She and her dear friend Violet Larney did traveling together, and I would hear of their adventures. We visited in Mt. Ayer and drove to the dam Loren had designed many years ago! Alma was a spunky gal who was always thinking! She loved Arizona and did much hiking in the surrounding hills. Age crept up on them, but Loren always played bridge and Alma enjoyed talking to her friends and enjoying the arts! I will miss my little New Yorker!

Deanna Oct 26 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to Alma's family. She was always such as sweet lady. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ." 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 kjv

Eric Oct 22 2017 12:00 AM