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Creston News-Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
Thursday, September 21, 1989

LOTTIE SMITH DIES - Norwalk

Lottie SMITH, 94, of Norwalk, passed away Friday, September 15, 1989, there.

She was born Oct. 7, 1899, in Ringgold County, the daughter of Lewis and Nora (BROWN) WILLEY. On May 23, 1916, she married Jay SMITH in Mount Ayr. He preceded her in death on Feb. 12, 1972.

She was a longtime resident of Ringgold County, moving to Norwalk 4-1/2 years ago.

Mrs. SMITH is survived by four daughters, Maxine NORRIS of Creston, Dorothy McCREARY of Prole, Shirley GUILLIAMS of Clinton and Donna MURPHY of Cumming; four sons, Clifford of Des Moines, Darrell of Keysville, Va., Victor of Beaverton, Wash., and Jack SMITH of Clinton; 35 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with the Rev. Phil KINTON officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr.

Memorials may be directed to Diabetes Association.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2010

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 21, 1989

OBITUARY ~ LOTTIE SMITH

Lottie Rebecca SMITH, 94 years, passed away Saturday, September 16, 1989, at the Regency Care Center in Norwalk, Iowa.

She was born October 7, 1894 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Lewis A. and Nora BROWN WILLEY. She married Jay O. SMITH on May 23, 1916. To this union nine children were born. Lottie and Jay were preceded in death by their son, Glee in World War II.

She is survived by four daughters; Maxine NORRIS of Creston, Iowa; Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) McCREARY of Prole, Iowa; Mrs. Byron (Shirley) GUILLIAMS of Clinton, Iowa; and Mrs. Harold (Donna) MURPHY of Cumming, Iowa; four sons: Clifford of Des Moines, Darrel of Keystone, Virginia, Victor of Beaverton, Oregon, and Jack of Clinton; 36 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

A lifelong resident of Ringgold County, her kind and sunny disposition won for her a myriad of friends. She was always ready to place the welfare of others ahead of her own, and was loved and respected by all who came to know her.

At the age of 81, she studied for and was awarded a high school diploma in the general equivalency development program.

As a loving mother and grandmother, she leaves, along with loving memories, a void which can never be filled.

Dearest mother, we took you for granted
We thought you would always be near
To soothe all our heartaches and sorrows,
To share in our joys and fear.
You were so proud of your children,
Thought that we could do no wrong.
With loving words and tenderness,
You taught us to be brave and strong.
We learned about truth and honesty,
By the way you lived your life.
You made it all seem so easy,
We didn't notice your strife.
You worked so hard and tirelessly,
With never a word of complaint.
You put our needs before your own,
Now our dear mother's been taken away.
We're sad and lonely and blue,
But previous memories will always remain.
Now that her life's work is through,
We know that there is rejoicing in Heaven today.
As she reaches that beautiful shore,
To find the peaceful rest she deserves,
With her loved ones who've gone on before.

Funeral services were held September 19, 1989, from the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home at Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Phil KINTON. Music was provided by Mike GREENE, Mrs. Robert FISHER and Mrs. Dan CUNNING.

Casketbearers were grandsons. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemtery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012

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