JUNE KRUEGER SMITH

    June Ellen Smith, daughter of Norma Lee Krueger and Harvey Lucien Krueger, was born June 29, 1957 at the Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, Iowa. With her family at her side, June passed away at her home on August 15, 2012 after a heroic battle with cancer.
    June attended the AvoHa Community School through her freshmen year.  With the sudden passing of her father in November 1971, June moved from her grandparents’ farm across the section to her parents’ farm which meant that she would be attending the Oakland Community School. This was a very fateful move as June met her future husband-to-be, James Smith, that first day of school in the fall of 1972. June graduated with James and the class of 1975. She attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, for two years and then transferred to Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. She graduated in 1979 with a degree in elementary education.
    June worked for a year with the Mary Moppit Daycare in Omaha, Nebraska.  Then on a special day in July of 1980, James Smith showed up with an engagement ring. This wasn’t the start of their relationship but a continuation into their special married relationship.  June married James Lynn Smith on December 27, 1980.  They had 31 wonderful married years together but enjoyed each other’s company for almost 40 years.  To this union, three sons were born:  Joshua James, Michael Bradley and Lucas John.
    After their marriage, June moved to Mount Ayr. She did substitute teaching and taught preschool at the Big Bird Nursery.  After four years, June was hired to be the director of Cradles to Crayons Daycare. As the director, she managed the move of this center twice.  The final move was into their brand new facilities, the Family Resource Center.  June had worked tirelessly to achieve this feat and was very proud of the new facilities.
    In 1998, June was ready to make a change.  She started working as a substitute teacher and then a late kindergarten position opened up in the Lamoni Community School. She taught kindergarten for two years and then moved into preschool-special education.  June had to go back to school, get more certifications, and was very proud of this accomplishment. She taught for five more years.
    Then in another fateful decision, she decided to switch occupations and became a bank teller for US Bank in Mount Ayr in June of 2006.  That same summer, while the boys were on a fishing trip, June was diagnosed with breast cancer. A lumpectomy, chemo and radiation followed with hormone treatments. In September 2010, June was declared clear of cancer.  Happy Day!!!
    Happy day was short lived.  June started having health problems in January, 2011.  A routine colonoscopy discovered some masses in her abdomen.  On March 11, 2011, the news was bad.  The cancer had returned and was diagnosed as stage four metastatic breast cancer.  The cancer had spread from the breast to the liver, lymph nodes and bones. No cure, just treatments and so they were begun.  June battled for the next 17 months.  She worked for US Bank throughout all of this always showing up for work with a smile on her face.  As well as working with a smile on her face, she continued to send birthday cards to her church family no matter how she felt.  She always wanted to brighten someone else’s day.
    June’s main love was her family. She followed all four of her boys with their sports activities as well as music and drama activities.  When the only granddaughter came along, she couldn’t see her enough.  Her other loves were music and cats.  She played the piano for the United Methodist Church for several years as well as singing with James, the choir and Simply Voices. June raised numerous cats over the years currently having seven.
    She was preceded in death by her parents. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, James; son, Joshua Smith, wife, Nicole, and daughter, Paisley of Fort Dodge, Iowa; son, Michael Smith and wife-to-be, Kelli Proctor of Fort Dodge, Iowa who will be united in marriage on September 1, 2012, and son, Lucas Smith of Mount Ayr; brother, David Krueger and wife, Linda; sister, Joyce Krueger; sister, Hope Sonntag and husband, Dave, and brother, Marvin Krueger and wife, Julie;  step-father, Eldon Ellerbeck and wife, Joan along with several nieces,  nephews, friends, and of course her kitties.
    Services were held on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa with Reverend Skip Rushing officiating. Nancy Sackett performed the prelude and postlude playing some of June’s favorite songs. Songs included ‘I Won’t Let Go,’ Annie’s Song,’ ‘Walking Her Home,’ and ‘I Will Sing.’
    Casketbearers were Delwyn Showalter, Derek Lambert, David Still, John M. Young, John Larsen, David Greene and Thad Streit.
    Honorary pallbearers were Katie Still, Donna Elliott, Cheryl Taylor, Sally Young, Debbie Cannon, Nancy Roe, Teresa Roberts, Marilyn Saville and Brenda Woody.
    June was laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
    A memorial fund has been established in June’s name for the Mount Ayr Community Boosters/Athletic Department and Simply Voices, her singing sisters from the United Methodist Church.
    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

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