Jeanette Catherine (Rinker) Smithson, age 81, of Ames died at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames on January 18, 2018. A gathering of friends and family will be 4:00-6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way Ames, Iowa. A celebration of Jeanette's life will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Collegiate Presbyterian Church 159 Sheldon Ave Ames, Iowa 50010.
Jeanette was born in Beaver Township, Boone County, Iowa on May 24, 1936, the daughter of J. Perry and Daisy Ellen (Doran) Rinker. She graduated from Grand Junction High School, and Iowa State University with her B.S. in Home Economics and Child Development. She met Leland Smithson at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames and the couple was married there on April 15, 1958. She and Leland lived in Des Moines and Clarion before returning to Ames in 1968. She was a member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church serving as a deacon. Jeanette was loved by many in her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Her days were often filled with volunteer activities with children, church activities and community programs.
Jeanette is survived by her husband, Leland D. Smithson of Ames; children Thomas (Deb) Smithson of Fargo, ND, Kathryn (Lynn) Vannoy of Ames, Robert (Angela) Smithson of Mahtomedi, MN and Susan (Gary) Doehrmann of Waverly, IA; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Janice (Darrell) Coy and Jackie (Bill) Souder. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Oliver "Bob" Rinker.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: Collegiate Presbyterian Church, Northcrest Foundation or the charity of your choice
Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
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