Geraldine Smith


Geraldine Marie Smith, 95, of Ottumwa, died at 10:20 p.m. January 10, 2023 at Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.

She was born October 16, 1927 in Ottumwa to Orval Glen and Theresa Agnes Pilcher Grinstead. Geri married Darrell Eugene Smith on July 27, 1947.

Geri was a 1945 graduate of Ottumwa High School and a graduate of Iowa Success School. While in high school she worked at Williams Ice Cream Store. She briefly worked at John Morrell & Co. the winter of 1947, then worked 3 years at South Ottumwa Savings Bank, worked at Carolyn’s Beauty Salon on Hammond Ave. and then became a C.N.A. working at Ridgewood Nursing & Rehab for 5 years.

Geri had been a member of Davis Street Christian Church since the age of 13. She was also a member of King’s Daughters and Rebekah Lodge.

Surviving is her husband, Darrell; their daughter, Linda Jeanne (Patrick) Brady of Dallas, TX; 2 grandchildren, Allison Hand and Tyna Marie Brady (Allen) Kus; 2 great-grandsons, Cooper and Collin; and a sister, Norma Wright of Naples, FL.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Beth Ann Smith and a sister, Maxine Hawkins.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 15th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, January 16th at Reece Funeral Home with Chaplain Doug McAntire officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Memorials may be made to Davis Street Christian Church.

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