Georgia F. McCollom Dayhoff

Georgia F. McCollom Dayhoff, age 86, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1955, and formerly of Toledo, Ohio and Davenport, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2012 at her home in Colorado Springs. She had retired after being a teacher for more than twenty-four years in Academy School District No. 20 in Colorado Springs. She had recently been a co-owner of Arati Artist’s Gallery in Old Colorado City.

Georgia was born on September 26, 1925 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Sterling and Ilene (Spake) Nighswander. She was a 1943 graduate of Davenport High School and graduated from the Mac Murray College for Women in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1946. She married Robert McCollom on June 21, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa. Together they raised a family of three beautiful daughters.

She was a talented artist and a gifted woodcarver. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to travel. She married Vernon D. Dayhoff on October 24, 1968 in Colorado Springs. She and her husband made more than 48 trips to 43 countries including the North Pole and Antarctica. She was an active member of the Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument.

Georgia is survived by her husband, Vernon D. Dayhoff; her daughters: Debra (husband, Michael) Wangsness of Colorado Springs; Tari McCollom of Colorado Springs and Becky (husband, William) Stockton of Kelseyville, California. She had twelve grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters: Bonnie Von Sacken and Patience Leigh; and a grandson: Troy Russell Wangsness.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday May 11, 2012 at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church, 20256 Hunting Downs Way, Monument, Colorado 80132. A reception will follow the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to the Odyssey Hospice, 5526 N. Academy Boulevard, No.108, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918; the Alzheimer’s Association, 2315 Bott Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904; or to the Arati Artist’s Gallery, 2425 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904.

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