Overstreet was born in San Mateo, CA on October 31, 1938 to Vera and A’Lee
Wildig. Her name is often mis-pronounced so it is Dāma, long A, just like Dana
except with an M.
She spent her whole
life correcting it.
After returning to
the Willamette Valley, OR, the family, including a second daughter, Julie,
moved to Boise and began their love of all things Boise and the fixing up of
old homes during their formative years. When the girls were young, Lee and Vera
bought a farm in southeast Boise and began their adventure in farming and
raising livestock. The stories of the horses, chickens and especially the pigs
were epic and enjoyed throughout all our childhood. Vera and her mother, Meme,
looked after the farm and family while Lee solidified his relationships with
farmers and ranchers throughout Southwest Idaho. After having enough fun with
the farm, Vera and Lee moved the girls to downtown Boise, establishing the
Wildig Apartments in the heart of historic Boise and setting up the family to thrive
in the property management and real estate business. Dama and Julie were
notoriously fierce supporters of one another. No two sisters had more fun and
love for one another.
The stories about
the farm and eventually the Wildig Apartments would have us all laughing and
rolling on the floor at family get-togethers.
Lowell elementary school, North Junior High and Boise High School, where she
excelled in journalism and, well, basically everything. She began attending
Boise Junior College and eventually transferred to the University of Idaho
where she became a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She was one of the very
first women to graduate from the U of I in Accounting, setting the stage for
many firsts as a pioneer for women in business. She worked for several
accounting firms and honed her skills as a shrewd business woman.
Robert D. Overstreet in 1961 and welcomed their son, Robert S. in 1962 and
their daughter, Mary, in 1966.
bought a beautiful Victorian home on State Street and started their passion of
“house flipping” before it became popular. Over the years, Dama and her sister
Julie wallpapered most of east and north Boise and became staunch proponents of
We often spent
weekends cleaning and preparing our homes for the Historic Home Tours as
fundraisers for the Idaho Historical Society.
in the early 80’s, Dama began a new career in real estate. She became the
Executive Director of what eventually became the Ada County Association of
Realtors and now is the Boise Regional Realtors. When she first started, there
were few regulations or education opportunities for realtors and they still
used paper books for listings. She
was the association’s longest-serving executive in its history,
leading from 1980-2003.
She oversaw the
creation of the REALTORS® Community Foundation in 1995, which has donated more
than $1.8 million in grants throughout the community since its inception.
She facilitated a partnership with the Idaho Statesman to do community
ACAR’s Community Outreach
Committee worked diligently to bring services to many organizations and
underserved community members.
facilitated the name change from Boise Board of REALTORS® to the Ada County
Association of REALTORS® in 1996.
2000, she managed the purchase of and the move to a new association office
which was paid off a few years later, and it was dedicated to her after she
She was a
proponent of progress and specialized in breaking norms. When Dama started at
the Boise Board of Realtors in the ‘80’s, she began her journey developing and
expanding an organization that would soon become a large influence in Idaho
both economically and politically.
Realtor’s Association had a tremendous influence on the state legislature
because of its lobbying efforts.
her leadership with the Boise Board of Realtors (BBR), then the Ada County
Association of Realtors (ACAR) she was able to introduce tools to help Realtors
excel at their jobs, beginning with the Multiple Listing Service starting with
a twice monthly printed listing book and eventually facilitated the technology
that would come to be used by real estate professionals across the state.
In her capacity
as the Executive Officer, she served on many different boards and non-profits
to help guide those organizations including the National Association of
She met many lifelong friends
who respected her as the strong, honest and independent leader who worked hard
to further those professional organizations, such as The Capital City
Development Corporation, Better Business Bureau, National Association of
Realtors to name a few.
passionate about raising women up. She was a proponent of education for women,
adult education, women’s rights and affordable housing. She was on the board of
Boise Neighborhood Housing (now NeighborWorks Boise) and helped establish
several affordable housing communities throughout the Treasure Valley. She also
gave her time to the Boise Junior League and the BJL Sustainers.
She loved volunteering for women and
contributed recipes to several BJL cookbooks.
encourage us to join her at marches at the statehouse and drilled equality into
our souls. She always told us, “Stand up for everyone’s rights. Because the
next rights they come for just might be yours.”
She was fair but firm. She would fight for you to the end, but you never
wanted to cross her.
retirement, she spent her time with friends, passionately knitting and
crocheting, attending book clubs and loving grandchildren.
She was active with her Boise High School
friends and her friends at Saturday Fortnightly, where
was an Honorary Member and had belonged to the group since 2004.
Dama was known as
the bionic woman. She suffered horribly with arthritis, having endured multiple
joint replacements and unfortunately it was her downfall.
She was preceded in death by her loving
parents, Vera and A’Lee Wildig and her long time partner Earl F. (Bud)
She is survived by her loving
sister, Julie and both her children, Bob (Kristen) and Mary (Rick) and
grandchildren, William (Max), Emma, Olivia, Ethan, Simon, Stephen and Melanie.
Dama would be so
appreciative if any donations made in her honor, be made to Leap Housing (1220
S. Vista Ave., Boise, ID 83705), where her daughter is hoping to continue her
working in providing dignified, affordable housing throughout Idaho.
celebration of life will be held on October 30, Noon - 4:00 at the River Club
Golf Club located at 6515 W State St, Boise, ID 83714.
Please join us for a “half glass of wine” to
celebrate a wonderful woman.