Mount Ayr Record-NewsOBITUARY ~ JUNE ELLEN (KRUEGER) SMITH
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 23, 2012
June 29, 1957 ~ August 15, 2012
June Ellen SMITH, daughter of Norma Lee KRUEGER and Harvey Lucien KRUEGER, was born June 29, 1957 at the Myrtue Memorial
Hospital in Harlan, Iowa. With her family at her side, June passed away at her home on August 15, 2012 after a heroic
battle with cancer.
June attended the AvoHa Community School through her freshmen year. With the sudden passing of her father in November,
1971, June moved from her grandparent's farm across the section to her parent's farm which meant that she would be
attending the Oakland Community School. This was a very fateful move as June met her future husband-to-be, James SMITH,
that first day of school in the fall of 1972. June graduated with James and the class of 1975. She attended the University
of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, for two years and then transferred to Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. She
graduated in 1979 with a degree in elementary education.
June worked for a year with the Mary Moppit Daycare in Omaha, Nebraska. Then on a special day in July of 1980, James
SMITH showed up with an engagement ring. This wasn't the start of their relationship but a continuation into their special
married relationship. June married James Lynn SMITH on December 27, 1980. They had 31 wonderful married years together but
enjoyed each other's company for almost 40 years. To this union, three sons were born: Joshua James, Michael Bradley, and
After their marriage, June moved to Mount Ayr. She did substitute teaching and taught preschool at the Big Bird Nursery.
After four years, June was hired to be the director of Cradles to Crayons Daycare. As the director, she managed the move
of this center twice. The final move was into their brand new facilities, the Family Resource Center. June had work
tirelessly to achieve this feat and was very proud of the new facilities.
In 1998, June was ready to make a change. She started working as a substitute teacher and then a late kindergarten
position opened up in the Lamoni Community School. She taught kindergarten for two years and then moved into
preschool-special education. June had to go back to school, get more certifications, and was very proud of this
accomplish. She taught for five more years.
Then in another fateful decision, she decided to switch occupations and became a bank teller for US Bank in Mount Ayr in
June of 2006. That same summer, while the boys were on a fishing trip, June was diagnosed with breast cancer. A
lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation followed with hormone treatments. In September, 2010, June was declared clear of cancer.
Happy day was short lived. June started having health problems in January, 2011. A routine colonoscopy discovered some
masses in her abdomen. On March 11, 2011, the news was bad. The cancer had returned and was diagnosed as stage 4
metastatic breast cancer. The cancer had spread from the breast to the liver, lymph nodes, and bones. No cure, just
treatments and so they were begun. June battled for the next seventeen months. She worked for US Bank throughout all
of this always showing up for work with a smile on her face. As well as working with a smile on her face, she continued
to send birthday cards to her church family no matter how she felt. She always wanted to brighten someone else's day.
June's main love was her family. She followed all four of her boys with their sports activities as well as music and
drama activities. When the only granddaughter came along, she couldn't see her enough. Her other loves were music and
cats. She played the piano for the United Methodist Church for several years as well as singing with James, the choir,
and Simply Voices. June raised numerous cats over the years currently having seven.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband, James, son, Joshua SMITH, wife,
Nicole, and daughter, Paisley of Fort Dodge, son, Michael SMITH and wife-to-be, Kelli PROCTOR of Fort Dodge who will be
united in marriage on September 1, 2012, and son, Lucas SMITH of Mount Ayr; brother, David KRUEGER and wife, Linda,
sister, Joyce KRUEGER, sister, Hope SONNTAG and husband, Dave, and brother, Marvin KRUEGER and wife, Julie; step-father,
Eldon ELLERBECK and wife, Joan along with several nieces and nephews, friends, and of course her kitties.
A memorial fund has been established for the MAC Boosters/Athletic Department and Simply Voices, her singing sisters from
the United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Mount Ayr
with Reverend Skip RUSHING officiating. Nancy SACKETT performed the prelude and postlude playing some of June's favorite songs.
Songs included "I Won't Let Go," "Annie's Song," "Walking Her Home," and "I Will Sing."
Casketbearers were Delwyn
SHOWALTER, Derek LAMBERT, David STILL, John M. YOUNG, John LARSEN, David GREENE and Thad STREIT.
were Katie STILL, Donna ELLIOTT, Cheryl TAYLOR, Sally YOUNG, Debbie CANNON, Nancy ROE, Teresa ROBERTS, Marilyn
SAVILLE and Brenda WOODY.
June was laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of arrangements.
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