Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
OBITUARY - ADDIE MAE (PITTAM) SMITH
Addie Mae (PITTAM) SMITH was born May 16, 1930 at 200 W. Grant in Clarinda, Iowa and died October 2, 2010 at Des
Moines, Iowa at the age of 80 years, four months and 16 days. Her parents were James Samuel PITTAM and Fae
Geraldine BISHOP. Two years later her sister, Virginia Lea, was born. When she was five, the family moved to
College Springs where Addie Mae went to first and second grades. The family then moved to a farm in the Farquhar
school district where she attended third through sixth grades. Farquhar school closed so she then rode into
College Springs in a Model A for seventh and eighth grades. In March of that same year, they moved to a farm north
of Clarinda. She went to Fulton Country School and graduated from eighth grade. Addie Mae graduated from Clarinda
high school in 1947. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and graduated with a music degree in
1951. Her first teaching job was in New Providence, Iowa.
On June 7, 1952, Addie Mae married Johnny SMITH of Cedar Falls at the Rose Hill country church. In September
1952, Johnny taught in Jamaica, Iowa and Addie Mae was in Linden teaching vocal and instrumental music. Johnny was
drafted in October 1952 and for the next two years he served in the army overseas in Germany. After four years,
the couple wanted to be closer to Addie Mae’s mom to help out on the farm. In 1957, they moved to Bedford where
Johnny and Addie Mae taught. After the school consolidation, Addie Mae taught in Bedford, Blockton and Gravity.
They were in Kellerton one year with Johnny as superintendent and then moved back to Bedford in 1966 where Johnny
was a superintendent and Addie Mae taught elementary music. In 1971, the family moved to Oakland where Johnny was
superintendent and Addie Mae had planned to stay at home with the children. However, the elementary music teacher
left before school started, so Addie Mae began teaching elementary music again. She continued teaching junior high
band, high school chorus and ended up with elementary music, retiring in 1992.
Addie Mae is survived by her five children and their families, her son, James and wife June and their
children, Joshua and wife Nicole, Michael and Lucas; her son, Scott and wife Claudia and their children, Kaitlyn,
Tucker, Colleen and Jackson; her son, Roger and wife Jeni and their children, Thatcher and Beckett; her daughter,
Lynelle MIKKELSEN and husband Paul and their children, Bailey, Maddie, Lauren and Claire, and her daughter,
Suzanne DOWNS and husband Randy and their children, Meredith and Tanner.
The family enjoyed many vacations but the most special memories were of the annual trips to Canada to fish. In
1968 the family started going to Eagle Lake in Ontario, Canada to fish. They only missed two times in 40 straight
summers. Back in the early years, Addie Mae was afraid of the water and waves and rode with a life jacket and
white knuckles for many a fishing trip. However, she finally got accustomed to the boat and was right there at the
dock waiting to board.
In 2002 Johnny and Addie Mae celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A wonderful dinner celebration was
held with family and friends as well as a final family vacation to Canada with all 25 family members in
attendance. Johnny passed away on March 5, 2003.
Addie Mae enjoyed being a member of the Oakland United Methodist Church and was involved in many of its
activities over the years, including Bible study. She had been a member of the TCM Club for 39 years. She
interacted with her 15 grandchildren as they grew up. She always had a smile for her neighbors and friends. She
loved to work in her garden and watch it grow. Playing bridge was her favorite pastime. She leaves her family and
grandchildren to join Johnny and relatives in Heaven. Addie Mae loved life.
Funeral services were held at the Oakland United Methodist Church Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Interment was
at the Oaklawn Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Oakland United Methodist Church. Rieken Vieth Funeral
Home in Oakland was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010
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