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Smith, Lou Etta M. (1925 - 2017)


Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 8/31/2017 at 22:13:38

Name of deceased: Lou Etta Madeline (nee Craven) Smith

Aged: 92 yrs, 6 mo, 28 days

Residence: Salem Lutheran Home, Elk Horn, IA (since 2013)

Born: Jan. 18, 1925; Jewell County, KS

Died: Aug. 15, 2017; Salem Lutheran Home, Elk Horn, IA

Funeral services: Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017; Stuart-Mt.Vernon (IA) United Methodist Church; burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Menlo, IA

Survived by: Daughter, Cindra (spouse, Jim) Heilesen of Kimballton, IA, son, Monty (spouse, Cindy) Smith, of Earlham, IA; grandchildren, Rusty Schneider of Menlo, IA, Mike (spouse, Kari) Schneider, Stuart, Stacy (spouse, Neil) Andersen, all of Elk Horn, IA, Josh Smith, Jennifer Smith (fiancé, Charles Herrick), all of Earlham, IA, Tonia Lozano of Elk Horn, IA, and Tiera Geisinger of South Coffeyville, OK; 11 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Willa (spouse, Kenneth) Thompson of Klammath Falls, OR; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends

Predeceased by: Parents, Harold Willis and Lesta Inez (nee Burgess) Craven; step-father, Gerald Michael; husband, Kay; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carl and Margaret Smith and Howard and Betty Smith

Education: Attended school in Menlo, IA and graduated from Menlo High School with the Class of 1943; she then attended Capital City Commercial College, Des Moines, IA, and obtained her secretarial degree

Religious affiliation: Lifelong member of the Jefferson Center Church (Jefferson, IA), where she played the piano and organ. Later on, she was also a member of the Stuart-Mt. Vernon (IA) United Methodist Church

Military service: n/a

Marriage: Clarence E. (“Kay”) Smith; June 6, 1945; at her parent’s home (Menlo, IA)

Employment: After completing her education, she worked at Allied Mutual Insurance Company until 1946. Once her children were in school, she worked at several positions in Adair and Polk Counties over the years: the USDA in Greenfield, IA, the Dexter (IA) Free Clinic, Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA and First State Bank in Stuart, IA, until she retired in 1996. She and Kay both worked in retirement at the Stuart & Perry sale barns.

Hobbies/Interests: Active member of the Menlo Legion Auxiliary, Glover-Butler Post, Unit 511; she enjoyed card clubs and camping at the State Fair and with the grandchildren; baking; cooking

Sources: kjan.com; iowacremation.com


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