Coveta was born January 9, 1934 in Rush Springs, Oklahoma to Jim Bradley. and Janie James. Jim Bradley, Janie, Cauzet (sister), and Veta left Oklahoma around 1938 leaving the “Dust Bowl” for better fortune elsewhere. The Family settled far from the dusty farmlands of the south in Kalispell Montana.
She grew up and did here schooling there in the Flathead Valley of Montana. The rest of her older brothers and sisters later came to the Northwest as well. Jim Bradley and son Frank would make their way as loggers and later owned and worked their own land in the woods of Montana and Idaho.
Coveta moved to Moscow in 1953 where she met Norman J. “Dutch” Dahmen. They were married on June 12 of the same year. She stayed at home in the early years to raise her family, and being an accomplished seamstress later began her own business doing alterations on men’s clothing for Creighton’s, Myklebust’s and David’s Department Store. She continued doing alterations and also worked in retail sales at Creighton’s. She enjoyed photography, quilting, cross stitch, as well as many other crafts and hobbies. She was very creative and produced dozens of hand crafted gifts over the years that are still cherished by her loved ones.
Surviving are her husband of 63 years, “Dutch” N.J. Dahmen at their Moscow home, and children, Pam Southworth, Theresa Dahmen, Tim Dahmen, Paul Dahmen and his wife Alyce, all of Moscow, Dave Dahmen and grandson, Spencer in Bath Maine and Chris Dahmen in Vancouver, WA. She also leaves a sister, Cauzet Chalko in Pennsylvania.
Coveta was preceded in death by an infant son, Brad, brothers, Frank and Jay and sisters, Jewel, Flona, and Dortha.
At her request, there will be no formal service.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.com
From Veta’s Family:
We asked that anyone wanting to make a gesture in memory of MOM to please consider one of the following: Donate to Alzheimer’s and brain research, even a little bit will help. Volunteer at Good
Samaritan or some other care facility to help support someone and their family dealing with
Alzheimer’s / Dementia. And, at the very least, give Your MOM a great big hug and tell her how much you love her.
We would also like to thank the staff at Good Samaritan Village in Moscow. Everyone from the kitchen and housekeeping to nursing and administration were kind and helpful during our time there with Mom. Thank you all very much, the jobs that you do are not easy and you are appreciated.
This thanks and appreciation is also extended to the staff at Grittman Memorial Hospital. The nurses there made our families most difficult time a little easier with their professionalism, but more so with their kindness and compassion for what we were going through.
Finally; Our mother was an incredible lady. She was a magician with stretching a dollar to cover all of her family’s needs. She was an incredibly hard worker as a wife, mother, seamstress, handy-woman, quilter, crafter, and general “can-do anything if we put our mind to it” woman. But most of all, she was so good at being Mom she made all of us kids feel like we were her “favorite”. She had a way of making you feel like you were the most important thing in the world.
Here incredible spirit and love will live on in all of our hearts forever.