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OBITUARY - VESTA MAXIENE SMITH

Vesta Maxiene SMITH was born March 26, 1919. She was the daughter of Cora KELLER CONLEY BYERLY. She grew up in Knowlton, Iowa.

She spent most of her years in the Diagonal and Mount Ayr, Iowa area, except all but about five years when she lived in Oregon.

On September 10, 1936, she married Cecil J. SMITH. To this union 12 children were born.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Cecil E. SMITH and wife Dorothy of Clearfield, Iowa, Betty Jean SCHNACKENBERG and husband Myron of Diagonal, Irene AYRES and husband Bud of Mount Ayr, daughter-in-law Terri SMITH of Winterhaven, California, Phyllis CREGEEN and husband Dale of Rockford, Illinois, Jerry SMITH and wife Robin of Utica, Missouri, Barb STRANGE and husband Bob of Mount Ayr, Gary SMITH and wife Brenda of Diagonal, John SMITH of Yuma, Arizona, Roxie FLETCHER and husband Charlie of Diagonal. Also she will be sadly missed by her 33 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister Retha HERROLD of Diagonal; brothers, Donald CONLEY and wife Pauline of Kansas City, Missouri, and Ronnie CONLEY and wife Betty of Mount Ayr; and numerous other family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil SMITH; mother Cora BYERLY; infant twin sons, Dee and Lee SMITH; son Richard SMITH; grandsons, Kenneth CARSON and John COVERDELL; sister Marjorie PRUITT; brother Gilbert Gail CONLEY; and brothers-in-law, Jr. PRUITT and Vincent HERROLD; and son-in-law Leonard WATTS.

Funeral services were held September 7, 2001 at the United Church of Diagonal in Diagonal, with Pastor Karen GARRISON officiating. Providing music were Margaret BICKERS and Mary TRULLINGER. Casket bearers were Steve SOBOTKA, Bob SOBOTKA, Mike SOBOTKA, Robert GRACE, Scotty YOUNG and Dave ZOLLMAN. Honorary casket bearers were her many grandchildren.

Vesta was laid to rest in the Knowlton [Centenary] Cemetery, Knowlton. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010

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