In Memory of

Leona Ida Smith

January 20, 1929 - August 1, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Leona Ida Smith

Leona Ida Smith

Born: January 20, 1929
Died: August 1, 2021
Age: 92

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     Leona I Smith, the daughter of Hans and Sara Hanson, was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on January 20th, 1929. She married John Lewis Smith on May 21, 1950. They were married for 64 years till John's passing in 2014. 

     Leona retired from the phone company, Cintell. She also worked for a Spencer tax service in her retirement years.  She was a lifetime member of the Lutheran church, who frequently volunteered within the church and her community.  She was an avid volleyball player and enjoyed riding her bike, even participating in the annual RAGBRAI tour.

     Leona was a fabulous cook, who always enjoyed her time with family and friends.  She is a beloved sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, who will always be remembered for her strength, kindness and generosity.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Kenny Hanson.

     Left to cherish her memory are two sons: Dennis  (Lynn) Smith, and David (Crystal) Smith); her grandson, James (Monika) Smith; her granddaughter, Shelby Smith; her great granddaughter, Annabella Smith; her sisters: Elaine Kaufman, Lavonne Brawley, Betty Punke, and Jeanne (Richard) Janes; her brother, Lloyd Hanson; and many dear relatives and friends. 

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Great Lakes Lutheran School in Spencer.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 7 at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, IA.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services on Saturday.
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, August 23, 2021 at 7:32 AM
“Leona was a lovely and intelligent lady. Enjoyed speaking with her from time to time. Peace and comfort to her family.”
- Chavon (Parks) Struve
Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 7:40 AM
“Dear Smith Family, I met your mom about 27 years ago when I was new to town. Her fervor for life struck me 100% delightful. We were immediately fast friends working at H & R Block one tax season. I pray God's peace during this time of loss for you, AND celebration in her Home Going to Christ! - Susan Christensen”
- Susan Christensen
Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 7:40 AM
“Will miss Leona. She was a wonderful, Christian lady! God bless you all as you heal from your earthly loss!”
- Nancy Hartmann
Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8:08 AM
“I was blessed in meeting Leona in her home at Golfview. She hired me to help her around her home. I enjoyed our visits and her funny personality.
My condolences to you in her passing. It was quite a surprise. May God help you through your grief.”
- Sherrill Herke
Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8:08 AM
“Love working with Leona at many church activities! Mostly love visiting with her!! She will me missed.”
- Les and Karen Buchholz
Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8:08 AM
“What a genuinely kind, loving, beautiful Woman! Leona will be deeply missed by her Golfview Family ~ her big smile, infectious laughter, and ability to so easily lift spirits with her stories! Blessings and Prayers for Peace and Comfort at this difficult time ~”
- Molly Mulqueen
Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 7:29 AM
“What great neighbors! We'll hold dear all of the wonderful memories of Leona and John. ”
- Greg and Robin Cooper
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 2:23 PM
“We are so sorry to learn of Leona's passing. We got acquainted with her many years ago through our responsibilities as AAL officers with sister churches. Our paths crossed many times as we participated in mutual events and attended annual meetings. She was so spry and sharp, well into her later years. She had a very kind, positive, Christian perspective on all of life's challenges. She was so dedicated in caring for John. She has left quite a legacy for all of you. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of the Lord's abiding love, and may many great memories be your source of comfort. Tom and Mary Galik”
- Mary Galik
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 12:25 PM
“Sorry to hear about Leona's passing ~ prayers for the family”
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