Beth Anne Bloom

  • Born: October 24, 1947
  • Died: February 14, 2019
  • Location: Des Moines, Iowa

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Ankeny, IA 50023
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Beth A. Bloom, 71, of Des Moines passed away February 14, 2019.
A visitation will be held 2 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, February 23, at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd).

Beth was born October 24, 1947 to Charles and Alice Dumais in Warroad, Minnesota. She received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota. She taught in Minneapolis before traveling to California for some graduate work at UC Berkeley. There she met and married Robert Brandon of Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1974 and taught in San Jose. They moved to Des Moines in 1976 where Beth taught at Howe Elementary and Bob managed his father's Orange Julius store. Their son, Bart, was born in March, 1977. Bob was taken by cancer in October, 1980 and Beth and Bart lived in Altoona.

Beth met Arlen Bloom of Des Moines in February, 1982 on a blind date through a mutual friend and accepted his proposal of marriage just 3-1/2 weeks later. They were married on June 5, 1982 and with Arlen's son, Marston (Marty), they formed a family of four. Marty is just eleven months younger than Bart and they have been true brothers ever since. The Bloom family lived in Altoona, then purchased a new house in West Des Moines. Beth received a master's degree in Early Childhood Development from Drake University in 1991 and retired in 2006, after teaching many years at Capitol View Elementary where she was loved by students and staff alike.

Beth was diagnosed in January, 2013 with uveal melanoma in her right eye. Although an incurable disease, its progression was slow. In January, 2016, Beth and Arlen moved to a 1961 brick, ranch house just south of Des Moines' downtown area and worked together to remodel it into a vintage mid-century home where they entertained large groups of their many friends.

Beth was quite proud of her grandchildren and loved them dearly. Hunter, Zander, Charlie, and Jack had a grandma who taught them what they needed to excel in school as well as play games, do crafts, cook and bake, and learn things necessary to succeed in life. Her love for them is truly undying.

Beth's cancer did not metastasize to her liver until August, 2017. She was lucky enough to be symptom-free and live a normal, active life until October, 2018. When she was told there was nothing left to do to combat her illness, she vowed to stay off "the davenport of despair" and keep going. She attended a yoga class as late as January 31st. On February 14, 2019, Beth took her last breath in a warm bath while listening to the blues music that made her so many friends. She will always be our valentine.

In addition to her family, she loved: the motorcycle honeymoon with Arlen; Frank's and later, Oscar's dog walks; bike trail rides; yoga classes; cruising vintage home décor shops; mysteries, rock bios, and stories of survival; live blues music with her Gas Lamp friends; sips of fine tequilas on anyone's patio; her retirement job at H.O.P.E.; dock or beach time at any body of water; and million-dollar smiles she flashed and made any stranger feel included.

Beth is survived by her husband Arlen; sons Bart (Lindsay) Brandon and Marty (Dinah) Bloom; grandchildren Charlie, Jack, Hunter, and Zander; sisters Jeanne (Jim) Kosfeld and Connie (David) McCook; mother–in-law Wilma Bloom; brothers-in-law Donald (RuthAnn) Bloom, Marshall (Sharon) Bloom, and Jeff (Jodi) Brandon; sister-in-law Mary (Larry) Miller; and several nieces and nephews. She loved them all.

Memorials may be directed to Animal Rescue League.