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Lois Smith

Lois Elaine Bierlein Smith was born in her parent's farm home in Harrison County, Missouri, near Andover, on November 3, 1931 to Jacob and Bertha Stoll Bierlein. She departed this life January 23, 2016 at Oakridge Nursing Home in Plattsburg, Missouri.

Lois completed Jake and Bertha's family being welcomed by her big brother, Don. Bertha was happy as she dearly wanted a little girl. Lois received her education at the Andover school and then graduated from high school in Lamoni, Iowa.

Lois married Ronald Eugene Smith on May 28, 1951 and moved to his family's century farm northwest of Lamoni. Lois and Ronald had two children; Sandra Jo and Rodney Eugene.

Lois was a partner in the farming operation helping wherever she was needed. Many folks put their feet under her kitchen table especially enjoying her fried chicken and home grown vegetables.

Ron and Lois started a bi-weekly egg route in Lamoni delivering fresh eggs door to door. Lois also raised sheep. She loved the lambing season and a favorite family memory is of grandma in her coveralls heading to the barn with milk bottles to supplement the little lambs.

Family was important to Lois and she was excited to welcome her grandchildren and great grandchildren and attend their birthday parties and school programs.

Easter was her holiday when the family gathered at the farm and enjoyed a wonderful meal and hunted the hidden Easter eggs in the yard. She was delighted the first lawn mowing in the spring and spying one of her missing Easter eggs.

Another important date in her life was Memorial weekend when the Bierlein cousins would meet for a yearly reunion at her home. Lois loved family.

Those preceding Lois in death were her husband, Ronald; brother Don; sisters-in-law Shirley and Rita; son-in-law Marion West; and grandson Bradley West.

Lois is survived by her daughter Sandi and her husband Richard Mandell and their children Catherine Meisenheimer, Mark and Pam Mandell, Mathew and P.J., Olivia and Sophia West; her son Rod and wife Connie and their children Willie Godden, Eric and Erikka Godden, Alyssa and Duncan Blount, Austin Godden, Angie and Mike Malcom and Mason Mercer, Jodi and Rich Briana and Dawson Hensley; and a host of friends that were like family to Lois.

Memorials are to Three River's Hospice.

  • Open Viewing

    January 26, 2016
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    January 27, 2016
    11:00 AM

    Trinity Christian Church

    16773 State Hwy 2
    Decatur City, IA

  • Burial

    January 27, 2016
    12:30 PM

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Lamoni, IA

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Lois and Ron were like parents to me when i was growing up. When my wife and i came back to Iowa for a visit we always tried to stop and visit with them. Our families were neighbors and friends long ago. Our deepest sympathy to all of your family. They were some of the best people in the world to have known.

Posted by Richard & Rose Ross - Loveland, CO - Neighbor   January 31, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Matt & PJ, I am so sorry for your loss. Lois was a beautiful person--both inside & out. She will be missed. Sharon

Posted by Sharon hubbard - Mt Ayr, IA - Family   January 28, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sandy, Rod & Families, prayers & thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I know she was a special lady & will be greatly missed by all.

Posted by Sandy Campbell & Families - Kellerton, IA - Friend   January 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sandi, Rod and families, so sorry for the loss of your mother. But just know she will never leave your heart. She will be with you always.

Kathy and Teeey Baker

Posted by Kathy Baker - Windsor, CO - Friend   January 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sandy, Rod and Families,
So sorry to learn of the death of your Mom. I remember when growing up Sandy, Linda and I had a lot of fun in the summer when I was at Uncle Wayne''s. Your Mom was so special in so many ways. Always enjoyed visiting with your folks when we would see them. You all have our sympathy during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Steve and Peggy Worthington

Posted by Peggy Combs Worthington - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   January 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Lois and I met our freshman year at LAMONI HIGH SHOOL LAMONI IA we became instant friends up on meeting and have continued our friend ship thru all these years.I live in California but my folks lived on a farm between Kellerton and lamoni and I visted them two times a year and I always got to vist with LOIS .and RON and LOIS and I always love to set and vist about all our good times we had together.I will miss her loving caring ways as she was truly one of my very best friends.My prayers are with her chidlern and there familys at this srressful time. I can not be at the funeral but she will no my heart is right there by her. May GOD BLESS YOU ALL FROM THE FAMILY OF ROGER AND PEGGY BROWN

Posted by peggy brown - vista, CA - friend   January 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Lois was an awesome lady and left so many memories in all the hearts that were blessed to know her. Lois always had a sweet smile and a cheerful word. She will be so missed by all.

Our thoughts n Prayers
are with all of you at this
difficult time,
Brenda Osborn,
Rod n Rhett Boles

Posted by Brenda M Osborn - Lamoni, IA - friend   January 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM