September 16, 2013


Mary J. Smith, 92, of David City, Neb., died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at St. Joseph's Villa.

Funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at St. Mary Catholic Church in David City with Father Bernard Kimminau and Father Brian Connor as concelebrants. Burial was at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials have been suggested to Aquinas/St. Mary Catholic Schools Endowment Fund or St. Mary Catholic Church Endowment Fund.

Arrangements were by Chermok Funeral Home of David City.

Mary J. (Timms) Smith was born Oct. 19, 1920 to Worth W. and Caroline (Medinger) Timms in David City. She was the oldest of three children. She graduated from David City High School in 1938. She worked at the ASCS/FSA until retirement on May 1, 1988.

Mary married Wilfred W. Smith on Oct. 12, 1943. Three children were born to this union. They farmed near Bellwood and were members of Presentation Parish until 1969. In March 1969, they moved to the family farm just west of David City. She most recently was a member of St. Mary Parish in David City, Parish Council of Catholic Women, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Joseph Quilters, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She initiated the praying of the rosary prior to weekend Masses and tended the flower garden at church.

Mary loved gardening, sewing, quilting, going for rides in the country on a Sunday afternoon, taking bus tours with her sister and friends, and a cruise to Alaska with her sister. She made numerous quilts including a quilt for each of her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed supporting and attending her grandchildren's activities.

She is survived by her son: John (Marilyn) Smith; daughters: Jean Hicks of David City and Joan (Larry) Wolverton of Rio Rancho, N.M.; brother: Fred Timms of Carroll, Iowa; four grandchildren: Janelle (Brian) Muntz, Jodi (Michael) Dorcey, Jared Smith and Megan Hicks; three great-grandchildren: Landon and Leighton Dorcey and Callie Muntz; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Wilfred; sister: Margaret; brother-in-law: Ernest Brockevelt; and sister-in-law: Grace Timms.