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OBIT: Beatrice “Bea” Ann Smoley

This news story was published on September 27, 2021.
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Beatrice “Bea” Ann Smoley, 88, of Buffalo Center passed away September 24, 2021, at Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center, Iowa. A funeral service will be held 10:30 am Friday, October 1 at the United Methodist Church in Buffalo Center. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Buffalo Center. A visitation will take place 5 to 7 pm Thursday at Oakcrest Funeral Home – Winter Chapel in Buffalo Center.

Bea, daughter of Roy and Helen (Stickfort) Gallion, was born September 12, 1933, in Manly, Iowa. She attended school in Manly, graduating from Manly High School in 1951. Bea studied education for two years at Jr. College in Mason City, Iowa. She then taught for schools in Manly (two years) and Thompson, Iowa (one year.) Bea was married to Clyde Johnson and together they had four children before divorcing. Bea was a homemaker and also worked as a cook and an aid at Timely Mission Nursing Home. Bea married Ray Smoley March 20, 1964, in Manly. Together they had two children. Bea enjoyed embroidery and made baby quilts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bea was a member of the VFW Auxiliary of Armstrong, Iowa and the American Legion Auxiliary of Buffalo Center and a member of the United Methodist Church in Buffalo Center.

Bea’s survivors include her children Craig (Teresa) Johnson of Nerstrand, MN, Clyde Johnson Jr. of Buffalo Center, IA, Kimberly (Eugene) Geopfert of Britt, IA, Charles (Christy) Smoley of Forest City, IA, and James Smoley of Fort Dodge, IA; grandchildren Tracy (George) Hemphill, Marcus (Cassie) Johnson, Randall (Holly) Johnson, Trent Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Nicole (Danny) Riggens, Sarah (Doug) Ribbons, Melissa (Ben) Hjelle, Tanner Smoley, Paige Oetker, Jacob Oetker, Megen Oetker, and Katie Luth; 19 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; sisters Roberta (Merrill) Cooper and Sharon (Richard) Bosma all of Mason City, IA; brother Edward (Arlene) Gallion of Manly, IA; and sister-in-law Patricia Miller of Spencer, WI.

Bea’s husband Ray preceded her in death in 2004. She is also preceded in death her parents, four-month-old daughter Debra Johnson, grandson Jeremy Johnson, and brother DuWayne Gallion.

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