Marilyn Smith 1929 - 2021 Marilyn Gae (Rucker) Smith was born to William "Bill" Bryan Rucker and Flora "Flo" Lorene (Ritchie) Rucker in Astoria, Oregon, on August 26, 1929. Bill and Flo moved Marilyn and her older brother Robert "Bob" back to Sidney, Iowa where she grew up and attended Sidney Elementary and High School. Marilyn enjoyed participating in basketball, riding bikes and horses, and was an avid piano player. Music and community were both very important to Marilyn throughout her life in Fremont County, Iowa, as resident of both Sidney and Hamburg. She married C. Wayne "Bub" Smith Jr. on May 5, 1956 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Together, they enjoyed farm life with riding horses and going to local dances regularly. They moved to Hamburg, Iowa and had Robert Wayne "R.W." Smith then later Bryan Sigle Smith. Always being very social, Marilyn stayed involved with the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg as Church organist, pianist, secretary, choir director, Saint Cecilia's director, was substitute music teacher at the Hamburg Elementary (Marnie Simon's Elem) and High Schools, ladies bowling league, and the local bridge club, PEO, and Eastern Star. She and Wayne were also involved with the annual Band Carnival school fund raiser for the music department as writers, directors, and players in the "Skit". She stayed busy with helping Wayne on the farm and working at Vogel Popcorn (Hamburg). After R.W. and Bryan graduated from HHS, Marilyn and Wayne moved to Sidney where they were very involved with the Sidney Rodeo, the Sidney Rodeo Museum and the Fremont County Democrats. Marilyn also attained her RN at Iowa Western Community College at the age of 60. After completing her nursing degree, Marilyn worked at Glenwood State Hospital, then IBP in Council Bluffs, and finally Fremont County Home Health until she retired at 77. Retirement continued to keep her busy with walking about Sidney in good weather and treadmilling when the weather was questionable. She was an avid reader of political books and biographies and was a great fan of women in politics. Marilyn and Wayne moved to Newton, Iowa in 2019 to be closer to their sons. Marilyn Smith left this earth at Kavanagh House hospice in Des Moines, IA on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at the age of 91. Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents Bill and Flo, brother Bob, sister-in-law Betty (James) Rucker Holman, and sister Donna-Lee (infant), and many other relatives and friends. She is continued to be loved by husband Wayne, sons R.W. with partner Sara Brown and Bryan, granddaughter Dr. Abbey Smith-Schwab (Tanner), grandson Ayden Shelley, extended family and countless friends. Marilyn Smith was a devoted wife, loving mother, doting grandmother, compassionate care-giver, life of the party, talented musician, tireless dancer, well-read, politically informed, fearless, prepared for everything, patient, brilliant, fair, quick-witted, creative, pretty much anything and everything you could expect from the super-hero who was our mother. Our own personal Iron-Lady, RBG, and Steel Magnolia all rolled up in one tiny package of amazingness. We were the luckiest people in the world to have someone like her in our lives and she will never be replaced.to which she would say "Whatever whatever". Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the Sidney, IA United Faith Church with Rev. Leah Elrod and Rev. Jan Phillips officiating. Visitation will be with the family greeting friends 1:00 to 2:00 PM Sunday at the Church. Private disposition of ashes will be at a later time and memorials will go to the family. The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA is in charge of arrangements.
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Published by Shenandoah Valley News Today on May 1, 2021.