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Bonita "Bonnie" Smith
August 1, 1924 - December 18, 2012

Bonita Maxine Smith, 88, of Oelwein passed away on Tuesday December 18, 2012.  Visitation will be from 3-7 PM on Wednesday December 26, 2012 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral Services will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday December 27, 2012 at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein.

Bonnie was born on August 1, 1924 in Maynard to parents Walter and Glea (Bates) Jellings.  She Graduated from Maynard High School in 1942.  Bonnie then attended and graduated from Cook’s Secretarial School in Oelwein.  On October 15, 1944 she was united in marriage to Raymond Smith in Maynard.

Bonnie was a homemaker, mother, seamstress, and secretary.  She was a member of the American Legion, Grace United Methodist Church, Red Hat Society, was a volunteer for the Oelwein Chamber of Commerce and the Oelwein Public Library.  Bonnie was an avid reader, especially loving mystery novels.  She was also an accomplished seamstress, having created and sold dresses to many in the Oelwein area.  She loved playing many different card games with her friends and family.  Bonnie was also a faithful fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew, and continue to love her.

Left to celebrate Bonnie’s life is her son Brent “Pokey” (Kathy) Smith of Newton;  her grandchildren: Jarid, Tessa, and Hannah Smith of Newton, Joey Wood of Granger, IN, Wendy Wood of Arvada, CO, and Nick Jones of Seattle, WA; her son-in-law Joe Wood of Monticello; her sister Ella Borland of Eau Claire, WI; as well as many friends.

In death, Bonnie has rejoined her parents Walter and Glea Jellings; her Husband Raymond Smith; her daughter Barbara Wood; and her sons: Blaine and Brad Smith. 


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Dick & Marcia Wakeford on January 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM said:

Our sympathy to all the Smith family. Being neighbors for many years we enjoyed knowing Bonnie, Ray and family. May she rest in peace.
Robin(Smith)Bill Rosenstiel on December 30, 2012 at 3:43 PM said:

To Pokey and all the family,you have our deepest sympathy.
Debbie & Shannon Hershey on December 28, 2012 at 5:22 AM said:

We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was a kind, sweet lady and will be missed. We send our sympathy.
Sheryl Gosse & Family on December 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM said:

Brent (Pokey)&family,Deb & family & Joe and family: It was good to visit w/most of you tonite, perhaps see you at the service. Your mom is a natural/always so nice and pleasant And heaven has gained another super angel in heaven as she begins her new life with her parents, Ray, Barb, Blain and Brad. They all have waited for her for a long time. All a super nice family. Treasurer the memories and times spent together growing up and now as an adult w/your own families. Always remain close to each other, your family and extended families. We love you all, take care and keep in touch.
Dave & Reenie Baier on December 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM said:

Brent, Kathy and family. Our sympathy for your loss. Aunt Bonnie was such a wonderful person. We enjoyed visiting with her. She was always so interesting to talk to.
Lorraine Kalkhoff on December 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM said:

I wanted to send my sincere message of sympathy to Brent and his family at the loss of his mother. She sounds like a wonderful lady as the obituary was beautifully written for her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but it is especially hard at this time of the year.

Donna Fauser on December 25, 2012 at 3:57 PM said:

I am truly sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was a great Lady. I always enjoyed seeing her every week and leaving her the Methodist Church bulletin. Also I enjoyed surprising her with a bag of her favorite snack the Potato Skins. She was always so appreciative of any thing you did for her. Sincerely, Donna Fauser
Jennifer and Kurt Wood on December 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM said:

Brent and family - The Smith and Wood clans have been related for the better part of 50 years since the marriage of Barb and Joe. We have so many fond memories of your Mom and Dad - at family dinners, celebrations and during Lake Owen fishing trips. We pray that perpetual light now shines upon her, and that Bonnie be granted eternal rest, reunited in spirit with Ray, Barb, Brad and Blaine.
Marianne Mike on December 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM said:

Dear Brent, Debbie & Craig, Ella & Family,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mother, Aunt, Sister and Grandmother. I spent a lot of time with you all growing up and your family was always so welcoming to me!! Take comfort in each other and know that she is in Heaven with Barbara, Brad and Ray . . . God Bless, Marianne

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