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“June I know you are in heaven thats no doubt. You were the kindess person IV'E known. Thank you for watching out for my MOM in the nursing home...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Pauline steinbach - Des Moines, IA

“Diane, Hope and Faith what a wonderful and lovely lady and mother June was. I regret that I am not able to come to her visitation or service to...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Lane Hopkins - Iowa City, IA

“If you lived in Avery in the '50s and '60s, then you knew June and Pete. As a child and teen during that time, I have memories of June working at...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Diana Newquist Parson - Ottumwa, IA

“June was a beautiful ,loving caring lady.An angel in my eyes. So kind and a beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Pauline MCGinn Steinbach - IA

“I grew up in Avery from 2nd grade on. June is one the sweetest lady. Always so nice to everyone. I remember attending church with John Peterson and...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Melodie (Grimm) Post - IA

“As a child in Avery, I have fond memories of June and Pete and their family. Hope was my age and she and Linda Lane would often include me in their...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Terri Laws Miler - Bloomfield, IA

“....Beautiful June.....always the most gracious lady. I will never forget how special she made me feel any time I spent in her home. I am thankful...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Rose Lennie - Albia, IA - Friend

“Thank you for everything I have many amazing memories from when I was little. Until we meet again June Rip you are forever missed ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: chelsea francis - eddyville, IA

“So sorry for your loss. June was such a lovely caring lady. She will be missed. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Kara Sager - albia, IA - neighbor

“Sorry for your loss. June was a wonderful lady. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Betty Thompson - albia, IA

“When I moved to Avery ,Iowa June loved my two children has her own grandchildren. My children call her their Cookie grandma, because they would c go...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Vickie DeMoss n Ron DE Moss - IA

“June was such a sweet lady and friend to all she met. She touched and added to every life she graced! ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Dianne Davis - Albia, IA - friend

“RIP Junie B ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Alicia - IA - care giver

“I'm sorry to hear of June's passing. I'll always remember her as a caring woman who always made every Avery kid feel special and all she did for the...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Steve Woodhouse - Knoxville, IA

“June was the sweetest person ever. Sorry, Diane, Faith, Hope and families for your loss. She will be with so many people she loves now also. Able to...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Tammy Courtney - Oskaloosa, IA


Margaret "June" Smith, age 93 of Albia, went to be with her Heavenly Father on April 16, 2015 at the Monroe Care Center in Albia.

June was born April 14, 1922 to John and Margaret (Davison) Gay in Rizerville, Iowa. She attended Albia High School. June married Charles "Pete" Smith on Sunday, April 14, 1940 at the Monroe County Courthouse. To this union 4 children were born, Faith, Hope, Pamela Rae, and Diane. Together, June and Pete shared 39 years of marriage together until his passing in March of 1980.

After high school June and Pete moved to Gary, Indiana where she was a welder for Youngstown Welding until 1948 when they moved back to Avery, Iowa. Her church was like 2nd home. She joined the Avery United Methodist Church and was baptized in 1955. She worked with the MYF. Her car was always full of kids, taking them skating at Moravia and Ottumwa. She taught Sunday school and was superintendent for many years. She was also a Girl Scout Leader and helped with 4-H. June was President of the PTO and performed in the minstrel one year at the Avery school. She worked at the Box Factory, Maloney's, Behnke, Monroe Plastics, and Maytag She retired as a custodian from Grant School. She loved being around the kids. She belonged to and worked hard for the Hospital Auxiliary where she helped in the gift shop. She volunteered at the Extension Service. June was a member of the Garden Club, Women's Club, RSVP, WSCS, and SHARE Program. She sang with Sweet Adalines and went to London to perform. June belonged to Pleasant Corners Ladies Aide. She had a large garden and enjoyed canning. Her real passion later in life was her Dalhias. She loved making fudge for friends and family.

June is survived by her 3 daughters, Diane (Phil) Whitson of Albia, Hope (Don) Brouk of Clive, and Faith (Darrell) Carter of Avery; 7 grandchildren, Cheri (Jim) Kasella, Chris Whitson, Amy (Scott) Kutchen, Jay (Christine) Polson, Jill (Simon La Flamme) Polson, Clint (Brooke) Carter, Scott (Nickie) Carter; 11 great grandchildren, Charlie and Olivia Kasella, Pete Kutchen, June and John Polson, Logan, Caelynn, Raegan, Tucker, Kylie, and Hayden, Carter; sisters, Gloria (Joe) Steinback and Kathyrn Kwiatkowski; brother-in-law, Floyd Caster and also many nieces, nephews. She touched many hearts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret; her husband Pete, daughter in infancy, Pamela Rae, a brother in infancy Donnie, her brother John; and a sister Adrina.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Pastor Sheri Arnold officiating. Burial will follow services at Oak View Cemetery in Albia.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with June's family present from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Avery United Methodist Church or an open memorial has been established to June's family.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.