Geraldine (Gerry) L. Smith, 92, long time resident of Webster City, died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at her daughter's home in Monument, Co following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 14th at the First Baptist Church, with Rev. Patrick Wiedemeier officiating. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be at Foster Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Friday, September 13th from 5:30 8:00 p.m. and prior to the service on Saturday.
Geraldine Lorraine Lunning, daughter of Melvin and Martina Brakke Lunning, was born on April 18, 1921 in Hardin County. She graduated from Radcliffe High School in 1938. She received her Bachelors in Education from Drake University and continued graduate studies in education at UNI. On May 25, 1940 she married Paul Millard Smith in Bethany, MO. The couple farmed in Eagle Grove for over 30 years, retiring to Webster City in 1980. Gerry taught 4th and 5th grade math and science for 27 years, retiring from teaching in 1983. Traveling and teaching children were the love of her life. She continued to engage in volunteer work at elementary schools in Webster City and Weslaco, TX for an additional 22 years. Paul preceded her in death on December 6, 2006.
Gerry will be deeply missed by her daughter and son-in law, Linda and David Merrifield of Monument, CO; her grandchildren, Michael P. Smith of Des Moines, Jeremy Smith of Fort Dodge, Jennifer Kos of Maricopa, AZ, Gregory Merrifield of Carrollton, TX, Christopher Merrifield of Altama Springs, FL and Bethany Ross of Colorado Springs, CO; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, her son, Gary P. Smith, her brothers, Colonel Richard Lunning and Dr. Donald Lunning and her sister, Janice Cable.
She was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Grove, current member of the First Baptist Church of Webster City and was very active in church circles, including the Lisa Harris Circle. She was also a life member of the National Education Association.
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