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Marietta Smith


Marietta Smith, 84, died Friday, March 1, 2013, at her home in West Liberty.

She was born October 23, 1928, to Hubert and Lenora Gauger Hepker. She graduated from West Liberty High School in 1946. She began teaching in the fall of 1946 at North Country Star country school. She went on to teach kindergarten in Nichols and in the Wilton School District retiring after 17 years.

On January 26, 1947, she married her high school sweetheart Kenneth Smith. They had just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. They have resided in West Liberty their entire lives. Together they have 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Marietta was an active member of the Cedar Valley United Methodist Church. According to her family she loved teaching and also enjoyed baking, quilting, sewing, cake decorating for weddings and special occasions, making porcelain dolls and numerous other craft projects. Most of all she loved spending time with her family. Marietta and Kenneth moved to the family farm on March 1, 1970 and she left the farm March 1, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Elaine (Roger) Ford of Muscatine, Karla Grady of West Liberty, Kenlyn (LaMar) Miller of Muscatine, Michael Smith of Muscatine and Brenda (Barry) Berg of Cedar Rapids; brothers, Dwain (Lila) Hepker, Melvin (Kathleen) Hepker and Dennis (Mary) Hepker, all of Atalissa.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Smith of West Liberty, her parents, a brother (Hubert Jr.) and a grandson.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 6, at Cedar Valley United Methodist Church. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in West Liberty. A memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be made to the family at hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.

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