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Velma Smith

January 16, 1912 — August 31, 2013

Velma Smith

Obituary for Velma Etta Smith (Woodring)


Velma Etta Smith, 101, long time Lewis resident passed away August 31st at Heritage House in Atlantic. She was born January 16, 1912 in Dayton, Cass County, Missouri to John Charles and Vesta Blanche Lotspeich Woodring. She was baptized along with her grandfather in the Baptist Church at the age of six.
Velma moved with her family to Oakland, Iowa area in August of 1923 and then to the Lewis area in 1924. She attended country schools in Missouri and Iowa and attended Lewis High School through 10th grade—having to leave school to help her family when her mother become ill.
In January, 1936 she married Frank C. Smith at the parsonage of the Congregational church in Lewis. They began farming northwest of Lewis and then moved to their own farm southeast of Lewis in 1950. Frank passed away in 1954 and Velma continued living on the farm, raising hogs, stock cows and chickens. She baked and decorated wedding cakes and did house cleaning in Atlantic. When Roy and Lorane took over the farm, she continued to help there. Her favorite chore was helping with the grade A dairy. She was a charter member of the Sew and So neighborhood club. She also belonged to the Laff-a-Bit neighborhood club and supported the UCM Church.
She is survived by her sons, Larry (LaVerne) Smith of Granby, CT and Roy (Lorane) Smith of Lewis—also, grandchildren, Diane Smith-Hill (Wayne) of Durham NC, Byron Smith and Karen Smith of West Des Moines, and Paul Smith of Granby, CT. She was blessed with one great granddaughter, Isobel Hill of Durham, NC. Also surviving Velma is her sister, Betty Turman of Fort Collins, CO and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother and sister-in-law, Lyle and Ruby Woodring and sister and brother-in-law, Nadine and Kenneth Butler.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 Saturday, September 7th at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic with committal service in the Atlantic Cemetery following. Velma's family will meet with friends from 5 to 7 the evening of Friday, September 6th, also at Rolands. There will be open visitation Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00am until 5:30pm and from 8 to 5 on Friday.
Roland Funeral Service is caring for Velma's family and the arrangements. Condolences may be left in her guest book at


January 16, 1912
Dayton, Cass County, Missouri

August 31, 2013
At the age of
101 years, 7 months, 15 days


Saturday September 7, 2013

Ten O,clock in the Morning
Roland Funeral Home
Atlantic, Iowa

Pastor Nadine Aydt
United Congregational Methodist Church

Randal Breckerbaumer Vocal
Sharon Breckerbaumer Organist

“Safe in the Arms of Jesus”
“No Disappointments in Heaven”

Andrew Kloppenburg Danny Kirchhoff
Ryan Kirchoff Wayne Kirchhoff John Weppler Duane Weppler

Delbert Kirchhoff Kim Garrett
Larry Steffen Brett Wisecup
Eldon Osler

Atlantic, Cemetery
Atlantic, Iowa

Lynn and Carol Dorsey
Lois Weppler

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