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Gerry Smith

Geraldine "Gerry" Smith, 81, of Rigby, died Friday, June 14, 2013, at her home.

Gerry was born Aug. 27, 1931, to Newell McCann Pond and Florence Erma Lemmon, in Island Park. She had three older brothers.

They were raised in Island Park in a cabin without indoor plumbing.

Gerry attended school in a one-room cabin (all grades included) for her first year of school. Later they moved to Pocatello, where she continued her education until 1946 when her family moved to Rigby. She continued her education at Ricks College.

While she lived in Rigby she met her eternal companion, K. Doyle Smith, while picking spuds in the fall of 1946. They were married June 13, 1951, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They celebrated their 62nd year of marriage the day before she passed away.

Gerry was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many capacities including ward and stake organist, which she served with great joy; stake Young Women's President; as a gospel doctrine teacher and temple worker; and she and her husband served in the Albuquerque, N.M., Mission.

Gerry was the accompanist for the Chansonetts Women's Choir for 25 years, giving it up only to support her husband in his calling as bishop, serving as his typist while he served as stake patriarch.

Her love was music -- in particular, the piano -- and she had a great desire to instill that in her family and all whom she taught over the years. In later life, she began to learn the violin. Each new challenge in her life brought her great joy. A positive attitude was her greatest talent. Gerry loved golf, she played because of the "joy of the game," but she also wouldn't let you beat her. She also enjoyed tennis.

Gerry was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband, K. Doyle Smith of Rigby; daughters, Carol (Cliff) Beesley of Berlin, Germany, and Lana (Brad) Anderson of Rigby; sons, Keith (Sandra) Smith and Steve (Cindy) Smith, both of Rigby; sisters, Carla (Brent) Thomas of Annis and Brenda (Brad) Walker of Chubbuck; brothers, Ray (Donna) Pond of Driggs, Jack (Amy) Pond of Idaho Falls, and Ted (Rita) Pond of Hawaii; 14 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Rigby Stake Center, 258 W. First North in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday before services, both at the church. Burial will be in Rigby Pioneer Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.

Donations may be made to the General Missionary Fund for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.




Published in Post Register on June 16, 2013
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