Marian Arlene Smith Profile Photo
1937 Marian 2022

Marian Arlene Smith

June 26, 1937 — October 29, 2022


   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:


   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.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Marian Arlene Smith, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, November 3, 2022

4:30 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Thursday, November 3, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, November 4, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

St Boniface Catholic Church

1200 Warrior Ln, Waukee, IA 50263

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 1001

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree