Bonnie Lou Smith, 83, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, surrounded by family at Meadowview Memory Care Village after suffering through the many stages of Alzheimer's disease. Private graveside services were held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Bonnie is survived by her children, Debra (Scott) Rathjens and Scott (Kim) Smith; four grandchildren, Shasta (James Randol) Smith, Alexis (Matt) Brown, Jesse (Shinay) Smith and Autumn Rathjens; and two great-grandchildren, Aleah and Raina Brown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Smith; a sister, Mildred Cox; a brother, Owen Voss; two nephews, Bill and Ted Cox; and two nieces, Shirlee Schladetzky and Betty Humphrey.
Bonnie was born March 30, 1934, the daughter of Ernest and Nellie (Owen) Voss, in Iowa City, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Ralph Smith on May 16, 1953, in North English, Iowa. Bonnie worked as an assembler for Schneider Electric (Square D) for 40 years. Bonnie always was a hard worker and always busy. She tended to a huge garden and was known for her canning expertise. Bonnie also was a great cook and known for her baking, especially around Christmas. She loved traveling and yearly trips to Oregon with Ralph to visit family.
She also enjoyed Iowa Hawkeye football, including 11 trips to various bowl games. She always said. "If it wasn't for the Hawkeyes, I never would have gotten to go to Hawaii." She also enjoyed monthly jaunts to the Sigourney Pizza Ranch with Shirlee, Betty and sister-in-law, Maxine. Bonnie enjoyed sewing, reading, dancing around the house, and especially spending time with her family. Above all, Bonnie cherished the time with her grandchildren, including several special honorary grandchildren from the neighborhood. There were trips to Adventureland, shopping, going to movies, feeding the birds (especially the blue jays) and many other activities.
A special thank-you goes to the staff at Meadowview for the love and care shown to Bonnie throughout the past two years and to Care Initiatives Hospice for their kindness and compassion for the past several weeks.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association:
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.