Obituary for Ava Mae Smith
Ava Mae Smith, 98, of Greeley, passed away on August 7, 2017. She was born on November 7, 1918 in Raymond, South Dakota to Dolphin and Ava (Meadows) Pederson.
She married Alvin Smith on March 23, 1945 in Onawa, Iowa.
Ava Mae grew up and lived in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Colorado. She attended college at Augustana in Sioux Falls in South Dakota and then received her BA degree in Elementary Education from Colorado Teachers College (UNC) in 1950. Ava Mae taught first grade in SD, Iowa and Colorado (Sterling). She retired after 30 years and moved to Greeley in 1984.
She was a member of the Cornerstone Community Church in Greeley.
Ava Mae is survived by her son Glenn (Robin) Smith; grandchildren Christopher (Shera), Jill (Jason) Holmes and Ryan (Rachael) Smith; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kylee, Carter, Connor and Charlie; and many nieces and nephews.
Ava Mae was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 2 brothers.
In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Samaritans’ Purse.
A private family gathering will be held at a later date.