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Charlotte J. Smith

Charlotte J. Smith, 90, of Belmond, passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

Funeral services for Charlotte Smith will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:30 AM at the Belmond United Methodist Church, 1031 1st Street South East in Belmond, with Pastor Leila Blackburn officiating. Burial will be at the Clear Lake Municipal Cemetery where she will be close to her parents and sisters Dorothy and Linda.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. 

She began life in Britt, Iowa on March 3, 1931, the first of nine children born to Harold L. and Helen M. Smith.  She entered school in Britt but later attended school in Lacona, Pleasantville and Clear Lake.

Charlotte joined the Methodist Church in Clear Lake at an early age along with siblings Robert and Mildred.  She later became a member of the United Methodist Church in Belmond.

While still in her teens she was employed by Ron and Virginia Courson in Belmond, Iowa, as a housekeeper, babysitter, etc.  While in this home she was always treated with loving kindness and as a member of the family.  Her employment with the Coursons lasted from her teen years till the Courson children were grown and left the home.  The Coursons were, and always have been, her wonderful second family.  God bless them!

After leaving employment, Charlotte moved into the Retirement Home in Belmond, Iowa.  Her mother was also living there at the time and enjoyed being close.  They were good company for one another.  After her Mom passed, Charlotte was content to live a quiet life and enjoyed the company of the other residents.  She did not require a lot to make her happy and appreciated the simple things in life.  The Methodist Church was important to her and members always made her feel welcome.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her brother Robert Smith and sister-law-Mary, sisters Linda and Dorothy, brother-in-law Larry Brand and brother-in-law Robert Dankbar.  She is survived by brothers Harvey (Susan) and Stanley (Nancy), sisters Mildred (Ray) Lowenberg, Joan Dankbar, and Kathleen (Tom) Godden along with many nieces and nephews.

We thank Hospice for their care and attention to Charlotte’s needs during this difficult time and thank you to the staff and the Belmond Care Center.