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Betty Calcote

Iowa City

Betty A. Calcote, 85, a longtime resident of the Iowa City area, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in the home she shared with her daughter Judy. Betty had been suffering a long-term lung illness following breast cancer. Funeral services will be held at
11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, with burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City. Visitation will be just prior to the services and also during a luncheon following the services. To share a thought, memory or condolence with her family, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.
Betty Ann Dudansky was born April 27, 1933, in Thorpe, Wis., the daughter of William and Leora Dudansky. Growing up in Thorpe, she attended and graduated from high school there in 1951. On Dec. 4, 1955, she married Gerald Calcote in Los Angeles, Calif. She and her family had resided in Iowa for many years living in Clinton, where they owned and operated Boot Wagon Shoes Store until their divorce in 1974. She and the four children then moved to Iowa City, where she worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a housekeeper in the children's department until her retirement in July 1992. Betty loved intermixing with the children and to this day still received many Christmas cards from families who came to know and love her over the years.
Betty enjoyed life to its fullest and her family and friends, including her longtime companion, John Buckingham. She and John loved dancing and going to many places in the area just to "check it out." Going to the casinos was also a great pastime.
Her family includes her children, Robin Gonzales (Tony), Judy Terry (Dan Hoover), Mark Calcote (Janice) and Scott Calcote (Cindy); grandchildren, Kimberly Calcote, Jake Calcote, Marie Netser, Ashley Humpleby, Zachary Ellis, Scott Gaade (Ami) and Corey Gaade (Theresa); and Betty's siblings, Florence Wald, Leora Graski and Geraldine Dudansky.
She was preceded in death by her parents and companion, John Buckingham.
Please make donation to the Children's Miricle Network at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in her name.