Funeral services were held on June 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Marcus, with Pastor Don Meyer officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of funeral arrangements,and on -line condolences may be sent to www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Vivian Smith was born Sept. 16, 1904 at Quimby to Vincent & Katherine (Warner) Smith. The family later lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota and then returned to Iowa. Vivian finished her education in the Quimby Schools. She worked for various people in the area, and was married to William J. Specht on Jan. 14, 1924 at his sister's house in Cherokee. The couple were blessed with three children, Chet, Wanda and Janet.
Vivian was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church at rural Marcus, where she was a longtime member. Vivian taught Sunday School, was a charter member of the Ladies Aide, made trips to the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. After moving to Cherokee, she taught and made ceramics and had a hobby shop called the Hob Nob. She belonged to the Marcus and Cherokee Garden Clubs and was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. Vivian liked to travel, making two trips to Germany, also visiting the eastern and western part of the United States. She entered Heartland Care Center in Marcus on Jan. 15, 1998.
She was preceded in death by her husband William, on June 21, 1978; a daughter, Janet Peck, in 1977, two granddaughters; one great-grandson; one great-granddaughter; and 11 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by one son and one daughter, Chester Specht and his wife Midge of Cleghorn; and Wanda Jones of Kirksville, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 32 great great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.