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Creston News-Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa

OBITUARY - CARROLL SMITH, Mount Ayr

MOUNT AYR - Carroll SMITH, 68, of Mount Ayr died Friday morning, Dec. 23, 1988, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Services were 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 at the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home, Mount Ayr. The Revs. Norman NOBLE and Phil KINTON officiated with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr

Memorials may be directed to the Anercian Cancer Society.

Mr. SMITH was born Jan. 23, 1920, in Ringgold County to Homer and Etta Mae (HOLDEN) SMITH. He married Virgene WARDRIP June 1, 1946. He was a retired farmer and a lifetime resident of Ringgold County. He was a member of Faith Lodge No. 179 AF&AM of Mount Ayr.

Survivors include his wife, Virgene of Mount Ayr; two daughters, Karolyn (Mrs. Ken) HERRON of Beaver Dam, Wis., and Kayla (Mrs. Gary) MAIN of Bothell, Wash.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 29, 1988

OBITUARY - CARROLL SMITH

Carroll Holden SMITH, only child of Homer Clarence and Etta HOLDEN SMITH, was born January 23, 1920 in Middle Fork Township, Ringgold County, Iowa. He departed this life December 23, 1988, at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 68 years and 11 months.

As a young boy, Carroll lovd animals of all kinds and sizes. He particularly loved natured and growing plants, including his favorite, roses.

Carroll spent all of his life in Ringgold County. He attended country school and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1938. He was a successful farmer and moved the land. He took great pride in working the land so that it produced to its fullest. He enjoyed watching his cattle graze the green pastures. When he was ablet to take vacations, he preferred to go someplace where he could feel close to nature. One of his all time favorite places was Estes Park, Colorado, and he went back several times over the years.

He had dignity and pride in everything he did, working hard to see a job done, and done well. Carroll was a good husband, father and grandfather. He was always generaous, striving to succeed, and trying never to deprive his family of anything.

In 1976, for health reasons, he left the farm and moved to Mount Ayr, where he fought the battle with cancer for the last ten years. Eventhen, he couldn't let go of the need to grow things. He continued gardening, growing his favorite roses, and for as time was a groundskeeper at the Mount Ayr Country Club. During his failing health in recent years, he could often be found at Harvey Brothers Motor Co. or Mitchell Drug Store reminiscing with lifelong friends.

Carroll was a member and supporter of many community and fraternal organizations. He was a Master Mason in Faith Lodge #179 and had served as master of that lodge. He was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Des Moines Scottish Rite Bodies. He was also a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, Rebekah Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, and was a Rainbow Dad. He was a member of the Mount Ayr First Christian church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters-in-law, Vera HARTSCHEN and Viola DEIBERT; and brother-in-law, Arthur DEIBERT. Those who remain to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 48 years, Vergene; two daughters, Karolyn HERREN and husband Kenneth of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and Kayla MAIN and her husband Gary of Bothell, Washington; two granddaughers, Kelly HERREN KREUZIGER and husband John, and Krista HERREN; two grandsons, Scott and Greg MAIN; great-grandchildren, David and Kathleen KREUZIGER, and a host of relatives and friends.

WHO TILLS A FIELD

Whoever tills a field
Has never worked alone,
The rain has always found it
The sun has always known.

The wind has blwon across it
And helped to scatter seeds.
Whoever tills a field
Should surely not complain,
With someone like the sunshine
And someone like the rain.
And someone like the breezes
To aid them in their toil
And someone like the Father
Who gave the fertile soil.

Whoever tills a field
Has, oh, so many friends;
The glory of the morning,
The dew when daylight ends.

For wind and rain and sunshine
And dew and fertile sod
And those who till a field
Work hand and hand with God.

-- Doughlas Mollock

Funeral services were held December 26, 1988, from th Wilson-Watson Funeral Home at Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Norman NOBLE and Rev. Phil KINTON.

Casketbearers were Greg MAIN, Kyle SHAHA, Scott MAIN, Kurtis SHAHA, John KREUZIGER and Hershel HARTSCHEN.

Honorary pallbearers were Elmo ROE, Don HARVEY, J. N. CHICKEN, Lee FLETCHALL, Lynden TAYLOR, Robert FISHER, Charles HARVEY, Earl SCHARDEIN, Everett REYNOLDS and Lloyd GLENDENNING. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Masonic rites were conducted by Faith Lodge #179, A.F. & A.M.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012

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