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Harriet J. (Hammerly) Smith

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 11:43 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 12:32 p.m. CDT

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Harriet J. (Hammerly) Smith, 84, of Hills, Iowa, formerly of Newton, died on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Atrium Village in Hills, Iowa.

A memorial aervice will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 308 E. Second St. N. in Newton.   

The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the church.

Memorials to Newton Community Educational Foundation, Iowa 4-H Foundation, Congregational United Church of Christ in Newton, or Iowa City Hospice may be left at the church at the time of the visitation and service or they also may be left at the Wallace Family Funeral Home in Newton. Memorials may also be mailed to the funeral home, please add, Attn: Smith Family on the envelope.

Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton is assisting the family with local arrangements.

Harriet the daughter of Lawrence W. and Lucille (Scott) Hammerly, was born on December 6, 1928 in Newton, Iowa. She was a graduate of Newton High School in 1946. She graduated from Iowa State University with her BS Degree in Home Economics Education.

On Dec. 18, 1949, Harriet was united in marriage with Robert E. Smith in Ames, Iowa.

Harriet taught Home Economics at Central Junior High School in Newton for six years. She then went to work for the Iowa State University Extension working in Jasper and Marshall County. Harriet was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Newton, Newton Alumni Association, Wittemberg Church Women’s Fellowship, Oakridge Grange, Mother’s Club, Questers, Iowa Master Farm Homemaker, Jasper County Women’s Farm Bureau, and PEO.

Those left to honor Harriet’s memory are her husband of sixty-three years, Robert; children, Ellis (Kathy) Smith of North Liberty, Tim Smith of Iowa City, Julie (Jim) Jones of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and Brian (Gina) Smith of Ames; her eleven grandchildren, Scott (Jennifer) Smith, Ellie (Andy) Knape, Michelle (Mike) Webster, Allison Smith, Michael Smith, Jill Jones (fiancé, Nate Durham), Jackie (Dan) Koch, Jenny Jones, Erin, Drew, and Leah Smith; seven great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Mitchell, Joanie, Joshua, Alexa, Hudson, and Jacob; her two sisters, Joan (and Wilmer) Tjossem of Indianola, and Miriam Slings of Grand Haven, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Linda in infancy; brother, Raymond S. Hammerly; and sister, Carolyn Secor.

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