Betty Cain Van Atta Joachim, at 80

October 18, 1991

Betty Cain Van Atta Joachim, a former Lochearn resident with a flair for the arts who worked as a home economist and social worker, died Monday at a hospital in Sun City, Ariz., after a stroke.

4 She was 80 and had lived in Sun City since 1977.

A memorial service for Mrs. Joachim was being held today at the All Saints-of-the-Desert Episcopal Church in Sun City, Ariz.

The former Betty Cain was a native of Felton, Del., and a graduate of Western Maryland College. She lived in Lochearn and worked as a home economist for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. before moving in the late 1950s to Pittsburgh and later to Cleveland. She worked as a home economist and a social worker in those cities.

Her first husband, Richard Keve Van Atta, died in 1975. Her second husband, Joseph L. Joachim, died last January.

A founder of the Sun City Art Museum and author of two books of poetry, she was active in other groups in Sun City and did needlework for "The Dinner Party," an artistic display by Judy Chicago, honoring the achievements of women.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Mikus of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jeanne Van Atta of Cleveland; three sons, Joseph D. Joachim of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Gary R. and Richard E. Joachim of Phoenix; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Sun City Art Museum or to Through the Flower, P.O. Box 8138, Santa Fe, N.M., for a permanent home for "The Dinner Party," which it owns.

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