Funeral services were held today at 10:30 a.m. at the Quimby United Methodist Church. Pastor Richard Layman officiated. Burial was in the Afton Township Cemetery, rural Cherokee. There was a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the Church. Visitation was held from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. On line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Jean was born June 13, 1921 in rural Pierson in Cherokee County to Carl A. and Edna (Stevenson) Peterson. She went to country school, and graduated from Larrabee High School in 1939. She attended Buena Vista College and received her teaching certificate. She taught school for two years, until her marriage to John S. Smith on Dec. 28, 1944 at rural Larrabee, Iowa.
Jean was a member of the Quimby United Methodist Church, and was active in all church functions. She was a Sunday School teacher, M.Y.F. mentor, memeber of the Church Circle, held U.M.W. offices and was a prayer warrior for the Sioux City Gospel Mission.
Jean also enjoyed gardening, embroidery work, and baking, and received many awards in the baking competition at the Cherokee County Fair. One of her greatest loves was being the hostess, organizer, and preparing food for family reunions, or for friends stopping at her home.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, on Jan. 16, 1988; three sisters - Sally Roseen, Nellie Shouse Berg, and Burnette Johnston; and three brothers - Elmo, Karl, and Paul Peterson.
She is survived by her children, Kenneth L. Smith and his wife Fran of Hannibal, Mo.; Sharon A. Lovrien and her husband Dr. Fred Lovrien of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Darrell J. Smith and his wife Gloria of Olathe, Kansas; Gerald E. Smith and his wife Carol of Holstein; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters: Jeraldine Hammer and her husband Louis of Pocahontas; Roberta Jones and her husband Glen of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Gilbert Peterson and his wife Norma of Phoenix, Ariz.; Ernest Peterson and his wife Doris of Sioux Rapids; Clarence "Ted" Peterson and his wife Darlene of Sioux City; and Ralph Peterson and his wife Dottie of Wichita, Kan.; as well as many nieces and nephews.