Published On: Wed, Nov 2nd, 2011

Obituary – Lola M. Smith

CROFTON — Lola M. Smith, 91, Crofton, died Oct. 29, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Center, Bloomfield.
Visitation and a Prayer Service were Monday at the Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton, and will begin one hour prior to services Wednesday at the Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be Nov. 2, at 10:30 a.m., at the Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton, with Rev. Les Parmenter officiating.
Burial will be in the Crofton City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Smith, Tony Goeden, Duane Schieffer, Jonathan Grimm, Kip Smith and Kelly Smith.  Honorary pallbearers will be Samantha, Whitney, Derek and Amanda Goeden, Quinn, Karley and Jack Schieffer, and Alexander and Jacob Grimm.
Lola M. Smith was born Jan. 10, 1920, in the rural Addison community to Robert W. Stewart and Hilda (Olson) Stewart.  She attended the rural Addison School District #38 near their home.  Graduation was from Normal Training at Bloomfield High School with the class of 1937.  She taught school for five years at Dolphin, New Home and Swede School.  Lola and Raymond T. Smith were married Dec. 25, 1941, at Crofton, and were blessed with two children, Roger Allen and Ruth Ann.  Returning to teaching in 1957, she spent five years at the West Blyville and New Home districts.  In 1962, she joined the faculty at the Crofton Elementary School.  In 1970, she graduated from Yankton College and eventually retired in 1987 after 35 years in the classroom.
Raymond and Lola farmed in the Crofton area and then operated the Lindy Feed Store and Trucking Service, Lindy, for 20 years.  In the fall of 1982, they moved to Crofton.
As a member of the United Church of Christ, she served as Sunday School Superintendent, later as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Ladies Aid.  She established the memorial committee and served as its chairman.  She was the Church Council secretary for 30 years.  Accompanied by her husband, Raymond, she was Grand Marshal of the 1990 Homecoming Parade in Crofton.
As an active member of the Crofton Senior Citizens, she served as an officer for several years and made the monthly birthday calendar for over ten years.  She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma for many years.  She enjoyed making church banners, calligraphy and personal cards.
Lola moved to the Sunset View Assisted Living, Bloomfield, in January 2006. In October 2008, she moved to the Good Samaritan Center.
Survivors include her son Roger and wife, Diane, Bloomfield, and daughter, Ruth Ann, and husband, Leon K. Grimm, Crofton; four grandchildren and spouses, Kevin and Karla Smith, Bloomfield; Stacey and Tony Goeden, Wausa; Ginger and Duane Schieffer, Fordyce; and Jonathan and Trudy Grimm, Norfolk; 11 great-grandchildren, Kip and Kelly Smith, Bloomfield; Samantha Goeden, Norfolk; Whitney Goeden, Omaha; Derek and Amanda Goeden, Wausa; Quinn, Karley and Jack Schieffe, Fordyce; and Alexander and Jacob Grimm, Norfolk; sisters, Evelyn Zimmerman, Yankton. S.D., and Lucille Engebretson, Council Bluffs, Iowa; brothers and wives, Vern and Eloise Stewart, Yankton, S.D., and Richard and Eileen Stewart, Crofton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, Sept. 8, 2001, at the age of 81; her parents, Robert and Hilda Stewart; and two great-granddaughters, Anna and Grace Schieffer.