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CATHY ANN SMITH

On Sunday, December 18, 1949, at Creston, IA, Elbert and Anna (Bowen) Haley welcomed into this world their first-born child and gave her the name, Cathy Ann. Cathy would later help welcome her younger sister, Lora, better known as Lou.
Cathy grew up at Benton, IA and she graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1968.
On Saturday, December 13, 1969, Cathy was united in marriage to Jerald Allen Smith at the Mount Ayr First Christian Church. Jerald was in the U.S. Army. Cathy started working in 1987 at DENTAC Headquarters at Ft. Sill, OK. She was the civilian in charge of information management for the automation system for the Army Dental Readiness Program. This program is still being used by the US Army Dental Command. Her knowledge and expertise were instrumental in the operations and provided guidance to the Dental Activities at Ft. Leonard Wood, Ft. Knox, Ft. Eustis and Ft. Belvoir. Cathy was also responsible for all Civilian Personal Actions at Dental Headquarters. Cathy furthered her career by becoming the civilian in charge of all civilians at Cowan Dental Clinic. She retired in 2012 after 26 years of service. Even after she retired, she would get phone calls for information. She had a wealth of knowledge in both computers and personnel actions. Cathy had various awards of commendation and decoration including but not limited to the Civilian Meritorious Service Medal.
Cathy also was a homemaker of the house, she was a loving wife and mother to their two sons, Chad and Danny.
In 2004 Cathy started the Red Hatters Club Chapter. They would get together and have dinner and talk. They always went to a place where they were served and never had to clean up! Some of her other hobbies included rock painting and visiting casinos.
During the last years of Cathy’s life, no matter how she felt she would always send personalized messages, sayings and various jokes to her friends through text or Facebook.
Cathy passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, OK. She was a kindhearted, sweet and loving individual that will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eb and Anna Haley; and sister, Lora Lou Baxter on September 1, 2021.
She is survived by her husband, Jerald Smith, of the home, sons, Chad and Danny, and their families of Lawton, OK; brother-in-law, Leon Baxter; niece, Annie Meyer; great niece, Ella, and nephew, AnDrew Baxter; many other relatives and friends.
Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating will be Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Special songs will be “Best Of Intentions” by Travis Tritt and “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks.
Casketbearers are the family.
Burial is at the Marshalltown Cemetery in Benton, IA.
Reception following the burial at the Benton Community Building in Benton, IA.
Memorials are in her name to be decided.

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