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Ardith Eileen Smith

Jan 4, 2011

Ardith Eileen Smith, 74, of Boone, went to her heavenly home on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at the Boone County Hospital in Boone.

Ardith was born June 16, 1936, in Mallard to Leslie and Nelda Mae (Brechler)?Fay. She graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1954.

On Oct. 30, 1955, Ardith married her high school sweetheart, Robert A. (Bob)?Smith, Jr. To this union three children were born:?Susan , Robert and Brian.

Ardith worked out of high school as a bank teller until the children were all in first grade. The family lived in Hubbard for several years and she again worked as a teller in Eldora until they moved to Boone in 1970 where she worked at the Boone State Bank.

At age 40, Ardith went to DMACC in Boone and received her two-year Registered Nursing Degree. From 1980 to 1986 they lived in Guthrie Center where she was the administrator at Guthrie Center Care Facility.

The family moved back to Boone and Ardith worked as a Registered Nurse in the Med. Surgery department for many years with the Boone County Hospital. She also had a part-time job working in several nursing homes in the area and also at Woodward State Hospital School. Ardith retired from Boone County Hospital at age 72 because of her declining health. She was a Registered Nurse for 30 years.

Ardith is survived by her husband, Robert A. (Bob)?Smith Jr.; her mother, Nelda Mae Fay of West Haven Community, Boone; her daughter, Susan (Craig)?Potratz of Boone; two sons, Dr. Robert Smith DDS and wife Christie of Ionia, and Brian (Janette) Smith of Boone; four grandchildren and one great grandson.

Also surviving are her brother, Tom (Dee)?Fay of Bussey; and former daughter-in-law, Roxanne Smith of Boone.

Ardith was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Larry Fay.

A memorial service for Ardith Smith was held Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the Walter-Schroeder Funeral Home in Boone. The Rev. Jeff McDowell officiated.