In loving memory of

Cynthia Barton
April 26, 1954 - October 6, 2020

Please view life video here:

Cynthia Jo Barton (Dahl), 66, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Cindy was born in Ames, IA on April 26, 1954 to Catherine (Heil) and Marvin Dahl, the 5th of 7 children. She grew up in Ames, graduating from Ames High School in 1972. She met her husband-to-be, Art, on a blind date in the summer of 1973, which led to their exchange of wedding vows on August 31, 1974. To this union were born William Lisle, Leah Marie, and Jeffrey Arthur. Cindy worked as a stay-at-home mom when her children were young, and relished a role of 'second mom' to many of their children's friends! Before and after raising her children, she worked as a secretary for Central Junior High, Elbert Chiropractic, and for 18 years in the Neurology Department at McFarland Clinic, until her retirement in 2016. Cindy and Art loved to travel and shared many adventures, both were also members of the Moose fraternity and through that association shared numerous trips over the years to state and national conventions.

Cindy was friendly, kind-hearted, and empathetic, blessed with a beautiful smile and a passion for fun! She dearly loved her children and grandchildren, who all grew up loving popcorn and sleepovers at Grandma's! Cindy loved sunny days, walks, birdwatching, mystery novels, vacations, RV'ing, campfires, beaches, winters in AZ, scary movies, classic rock, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, The Bachelorette, The Good Place, the ISU Cyclones, morning coffee, and enjoying happy hour with friends!

Cindy is survived by her husband Art, their children; Will of AZ; Leah (Andrew McCormick) of Johnston, IA; Jeff (Sarah Barton) of Ames, IA; six grandchildren - Nora, Owen, Roman, Viggo, Oliver, and Clementine; siblings Judy (Gene) Harrison of Camp Verde, AZ, Jerry (Regina) Dahl of Clinton, IA, Jan Stivers of Tucson, AZ, Chris Dahl of Tucson, AZ, Debi (Gary) Fry of Ankeny, IA, Nick (Bobbie) Dahl of Memphis, TN, and step-siblings Stanly (Duane) Chaloupka of Loveland, CO, and Ron (Nancy) Toppenberg of Newton, IA; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Catherine (Heil) Dahl Toppenberg and Marvin Dahl, stepfather Elmar Toppenberg, infant brother Stephen Dahl, stepbrother Randy Toppenberg.

Blessed be her memory.
A celebration of Cindy's life will be held at a later date at the Ames Moose Lodge.

Memorial contributions can be made in Cindy's name to the William R. Bliss Cancer Center through the Mary Greeley Foundation at Please select Bliss Cancer Center in the designation section.

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Dorothy J Schumer wrote on Oct 12, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss, she was a fantastic person and great neighbor. Dorothy & Bob Schumer"

Wayne and Sondra Seward wrote on Oct 10, 2020:

"We were privileged to have known Cindy for a short time on our Viking trip last summer to Switzerland and Paris. She left a lasting impression with us for her beautiful smile and warm personality. We extend our sympathy to all the family and friends who grieve their loss."

Dianna Henning wrote on Oct 10, 2020:

"What a beautiful friendly person. I remember her from McFarland clinic so incredibly kind. Prayers "

Jane and Woody Whitman wrote on Oct 9, 2020:

"Art and family, Jane and I are sorry for your loss; your in our prayers. Jane and Woody Whitman. "

Phyllis Craig wrote on Oct 9, 2020:

"Art So sorry to hear about your beloved Cynthia. She was a lovely lady with an infectious smile and great personality. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Phyllis Craig"

Joyce Hagley wrote on Oct 9, 2020:

"Love and prayers to the family. Cindy had an infectious smile and personality. I'm sad she has left this earth."

Kimi Strike wrote on Oct 8, 2020:

"Cindy and I were friends for several years. Art and my brother we?re the best of friends growing up. I have enjoyed keeping up with them and their family on Facebook. She was a great person and will be missed. God Bless your family. Kimi and Lowell Strike"

Steve Tommeraasen wrote on Oct 8, 2020:

"Cindy and Art were dear friends in a previous chapter of life and the memories are still treasured. My heart breaks for Art and the family but the legacy created will comfort and strengthen you all."

Diane Wilhelm-Johnson wrote on Oct 8, 2020:

"Art, Will, Leah, & Jeff as I watched the beautiful video I was reminded of so many wonderful times and caught a glimpse into her life before we knew her. How blessed we are to have her as part of our life. Every time I think of my dear friend I think of each of you and hope you will find some peace, comfort, and joy in your memories of your precious wife and mother. She was a blessing to all who knew her. Love always, Diane & Steve"

Jody Logston wrote on Oct 8, 2020:

"My sympathies to the Barton family. Cindy was such a beautiful and caring person. What a beautiful video tribute."

Mary Perry wrote on Oct 8, 2020:

"I met Cynthia and Art, doing Caring Hands at the Bliss Cancer Center. Always such a joy to see them both. She always had such a positive attitude and a smile. I am so very sorry about her passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to the lovely family. "

Annette Thompson wrote on Oct 8, 2020:

"Art, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know you have some great memories and will miss her terribly. Thoughts and prayers. Annette Thompson"