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Marian Arlene Smith, 85, passed away at her home in Waukee, on Saturday, October 29, 2022. On Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 4:30 will be a rosary. The visitation will follow from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. both at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee. Mass of Christian Burial to be held Friday, November 4, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Marian will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Marian's service will be live-streamed and can be viewed at service time or anytime thereafter via: www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation
Marian was born to Vincent and Agnes (Hrubes) Nedved on the family farm near Garner, Iowa on June 26, 1937. The oldest of six siblings, she grew up in the country speaking Czech. She could be found tending chickens, choring around the homestead, many times driving tractors. She attended a one-room school in Hayfield before graduating from Garner High School.
Marian married the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Smith in Duncan, Iowa on November 4, 1958 and together, they would raise their family in Illinois and Iowa Falls. Marian was very active in church activities. At St. Mark’s in Iowa Falls, she was a Eucharistic Minister, worked the annual turkey dinner and played the piano and organ. Throughout the years, Marian worked as a school bus driver, as a bank teller, at the hospital and school. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, children, siblings and in-laws, gardening and playing cards. She made many meals for the flight breakfasts as a Windsocker at the Iowa Falls airport, and loved hosting family events. Most recently, she adored her many friends at Thomas Place and the activities and shenanigans they concocted.
Marian is survived by her children: Tom Smith, Vicki (John) Loebig, Ed (Julie) Smith, Mary (Randy) VanEssen and Greg (Melanie) Smith; grandchildren Amanda (Carl) Symcox, William and Brendan Mitchell, Zach (Hannah) Smith, Casey Smith, Jordan Loebig, Bailey (James) Gulley, Nick (Sesha) Smith, Jessica (Awais) Raza, Jake VanEssen, Ben and Lia Smith; great-grandchildren Parker, Laynie, Porter, Aaryn, Lenny, Nate and Leo. She is also survived by siblings: Elaine Weiland, Marlene (Larry) Christianson Kathy (Tim) Hulse and Gerald (Pat) Nedved, Sue Nedved, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents Vince and Agnes, husband Dick, daughter Melanie Mitchell and brother Bernie Nedved.
Memorial Donations may be made in Marian's memory to: EveryStep Kavanagh House Hospice, 900 56th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50312. Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services to Waukee has been entrusted with Marian's final arrangements.
Thursday, November 3, 2022
4:30 - 5:00pm (Central time)
Thursday, November 3, 2022
5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Friday, November 4, 2022
Starts at 10:30am (Central time)
St Boniface Catholic Church
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