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Roberta Pearl Smith, age 76 of Boone, died December 8, 2016 at the Boone County Hospital, following a 6 month fight with cancer.

Following her wishes, she has been cremated. Services and burial will be held at a later date.

Roberta Pearl Bushore was born in Fraser, Iowa on December 6, 1940 to Ira and Florence (Paris) Bushore.

She married James Ragsdale in 1959. The couple later divorced.

On December 23, 1972, Roberta married Gerald Clark Smith, Sr. in Keota, Iowa.

Roberta worked as a bookkeeper for Gerald’s business, Smitty's Welding, in rural South English, Iowa.

Gerald and Roberta retired together in South English, on a small acreage, where they spent their years together raising their grandson, Joseph Reed, the son of their late daughter, Melody. Both Gerald and Roberta were well loved by Joey and his many friends, being called Grandpa and Grandma by all.

The house was always open to friends and family, who Roberta warmly welcomed and invited to sit down and visit.

Roberta enjoyed reading, especially, westerns and historical literature. She could often be seen around the house with her flowers. She was an avid gardener, in later years she particularly enjoyed growing tomatoes. Her many interests included sewing, fishing, traveling, and listening to country and western music. She could often be seen fishing for catfish at local ponds, a grandchild or two in tow. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Central to Roberta's life was her family. She projected her warmth and love for each of them, and had the wonderful attribute of focusing on each person, giving her support, encouragement and attention. She followed the lives of grandchildren and great grandchildren closely and expressed her pride of them on a frequent basis.

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents, her second husband Gerald, four brothers, LeRoy, Jess, Bruce, and Marvin Bushore, two daughters: Bonnie Lynn Knerr (surviving son in law Roger) and Melody Sue Reed and her husband Steve Reed

She is survived by three sons, Gerald "Jerry J" Smith, Jr (wife Violet) of Kinross Iowa, Kenny Ragsdale ( wife Renne) of Daingerfield, Tx , Robert Ira Smith (wife Heather) South English, Iowa and Denise Hunter-Phoenix of Boone; two sisters, Jackie Tabor of Boone and Vivian (Fazil) Khan of Moingona; a brother David (Joyce) Bushore of Fort Dodge; grandchildren, Michael(Hannah) Ragsdale , Brittany (Robert) Turner, Joseph (Sara) Reed, Shaun Knerr, Ashley Knerr, Heather Rae (Randy) Williams, Richard Clark Smith, Cody O'Leary, Dawn Ehrman; and great grandchildren, Melody, Caleb, Ann, Elisha, Londyn, Hayden, and Sawyer


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