Iola Jean Smith

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Iola Jean Smith of Hunlock Creek passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Mountain Top Health Care.

She was born May 18, 1933, in Hunlock Creek, a daughter of the late Richard Leon Dodson and Neta O. Altemus Dodson.

Iola graduated from Shickshinny High School, Class of 1952.

She had been employed by Commonwealth Telephone Co. and worked at Fernwood Personal Care Home. Iola was the first woman school bus driver in the Northwest Area School District, driving for her husband. She later worked in the school cafeteria at both Northwest High School and Hunlock Elementary and was a cafeteria manager at Hunlock Elementary before her retirement.

Iola was a member of Shick-Shawnee Chapter 190 Order of the Eastern Star, Shickshinny, and a member of Oakdale United Methodist Church.

Iola and her late husband, Darl, were active camping enthusiasts, belonging to the NCTA Masonic Camping Club.

She was preceded in death in 2011 by her husband of 57 years, Darl A. Smith.

Surviving are her daughters, Ruth Ann Gutenkunst and husband, Rodney, Hunlock Creek; Barbara Jean Griego and husband, Mark, Hunlock Creek; and Janice Kay Paluch and husband, Chester, Larksville; sister, Evelyn Ross, Louisa, Va.; grandchildren, Ann Marie Zugarek and husband, Martin, Hunlock Creek; Vicki Leigh Gutenkunst, Kingston; Laura Noel Hess and husband, Travis, Hunlock Creek; Joshua Robert Griego and wife, Lindsay Jo, Huntington Mills; Lindsay Grace Griego, Winchester, Va.; Kathleen Marie Noss and husband, Roy, Shickshinny; John Reese Davis Jr., Nanticoke; and Justin Allen Davis and wife, Caressa, West Wyoming; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at noon Saturday in Oakdale United Methodist Church, Hunlock Creek, with the Rev. Roger Noss, pastor, officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Hunlock Creek.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Oakdale United Methodist Church, c/o Joy Hack, 5063 state Route 487, Lot 11, Benton, PA 18704, or Oakdale Cemetery, c/o Scott Patterson, P.O. Box 162, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621.

Arrangements are by Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 11, 2018
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