Elizabeth “Betty” Smith, 88, of Oelwein died Monday, March 7, 2011 at Oelwein Care Center.
Betty Smith was born in Washington, IL on October 16, 1922 to parents Henry and Anna (Marchand) Holtzman. She attended country schools and graduated from Washington High School in 1940. Betty then attended the Brown School of Business, Peoria, IL.
On November 25, 1943, Betty was united in marriage to Robert L. Smith in Washington, IL. They began their married life farming in Illinois until the spring of 1956, at which time the family moved to a farm near Oelwein, IA. Bob & Betty continued farming there until retirement. Betty was a very kind, loving mother and homemaker, raising their three children. Betty’s family meant everything to her. She loved to cook and bake for them. Betty also loved flowers, planting and caring for her flower beds. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and continue to love her.
Betty is survived by her sons: Charles (Judy) Smith of Oelwein and David (Charlene Schwirtz) Smith of Randalia; her daughter Debra (Randy) Toenjes of Monticello; her sister Emily Michael of Pekin, IL; her brother Robert Holtzman of Peoria, IL; her sister-in-law Elizabeth Holtzman of Normal, IL; her grandchildren: Kari Buchheit, Eric (Dainna) Smith, Kristi (Eric) Haas, Angie (Jeremy) Hundley, Heidi (Neil) Wilkinson,
Derek (Amy) Smith, Rebecca (Brian) Bednarz, Joni (Eric) Wiese, and Mary (Alex Rude) Toenjes; and her great-grandchildren: Dustin, Emily, Elizabeth, Dylan, Brady, Cameron, Addison, Ella, Rylee, Drew, Maeley, and Tate.
In death, Betty has rejoined her parents, her husband Robert (1995), sister Dorothy Holtzman, brother Donald Holtzman, her brother-in-law Joe Michael, sister-in-law Susie Holtzman, sister-in-law Alice Vohland and brother-in-law Peter Vohland.
Memorials may be made in Betty’s honor to Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein and Westgate Fire and Rescue in Westgate.
VISITATION: 4-7 PM Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.
SERVICES: 11 AM Friday, March 11, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.