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 Patricia Anne “Trish” <I>Lyddon</I> Smeltzer

Patricia Anne “Trish” Lyddon Smeltzer

Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA
Death 24 Jun 2009 (aged 78)
Humboldt, Humboldt County, Iowa, USA
Burial Meriden, Cherokee County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 42902756 · View Source
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Patricia Anne "Trish" Smeltzer

Patricia Anne Smeltzer - Rutland, Humboldt County, Iowa - Formerly of Meriden, Cherokee County, Iowa

Patricia Anne (Lyddon) Smeltzer, 78, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in Humboldt, Iowa holding hands with her family after a valiant 3 ½ year battle with cancer. Trish Smeltzer was born September 19, 1930 in
Stuart, Iowa to Ivan Wayne Lyddon and Bethene (Seward) Lyddon. Her birth-mother Bethene passed when Trish was about 2 years old, not long after the birth of Trish's sister Jane. Trish grew up knowing and loving Stella Margaret (Homerin) Lyddon, her father Ivan's second wife, as "Mom". In a few years the Lyddon family was completed with the birth of Trish and Jane's younger brother Ivan Jr. Trish grew up in Stuart amidst a host of family and friends. "Stella's Beauty Shop", as the sign read, was a hub of social activity in Stuart and a home where many
family gatherings were held over the years.

Trish graduated from Stuart High School in 1948 and attended Drake University for 2 years where she received her elementary school teaching certification. She taught third grade in the Stuart (Iowa) Public School for 3 years before she met and shortly thereafter married John Frank Smeltzer from Redfield on May 25, 1952 at the Congregational Church in Stuart. They were soon blessed with the birth of their first son, Johnny Frank Smeltzer, and two years later with their second son Michael Steven Smeltzer. Trish and John lived in Des Moines, Napier, Madrid, Meriden, Cherokee, Bode and Rutland over their 57 years of married life and developed many wonderful friends.

Trish was not satisfied with the fact that she had only completed a 2 year teaching certification program so in the mid to late 1970's thru the early 1980's, after her boys were grown, she commuted 25 miles and attended night school first in Storm Lake and later in Fort Dodge to complete the final 2 years of her 4 year degree in teaching through Buena Vista College (now University). Completion of her degree was a proud moment for everyone in the family, but was especially important for Trish. She always had a "can do" attitude that stayed with her to the end. She taught mathematics in both the Meriden-Cleghorn Community School and the Twin-Rivers Community School for several years.

Trish loved to cook, her cinnamon rolls and pumpkin pies were wonderful, as was everything else she prepared. But, she always said that she didn't particularly like the way her potato salad came out. She loved to read, her bookshelves overflowed with biographies, histories, and novels. She loved to share her books with many friends and they reciprocated in kind. For 18 years she and John helped run the Tuesday "Coffee Shop" held at the Rutland City Hall. She was active in the "Town and Country" group in Rutland for many years and assisted in the renovation of the Rose Mill Park. She loved to garden and to can or freeze the bounty that the garden produced. Tomato juice, green beans and corn were her specialties. For years she and John maintained vegetable gardens that sometimes approached 15,000 square feet. She loved flowers, particularly perennials. At times the garden and yard were ablaze in iris, tulips, coneflowers, asters, blazing star, clematis, peonies and hosta lily. She also loved to knit, producing countless baby sweaters, blankets, "Barbie" clothes, booties, and afghans. Many of these items will be cherished for generations to come. And, she enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and doing counted cross stitch. She lived an active life filled with many many more smiles than frowns. She was a lady filled with grace.
She was also very active outdoors. She loved to paint just about everything that had a "surface". And, it wasn't unusual to catch her mowing the yard on her John Deere tractor racing along in third gear! She always said ... "It's a big yard!" She loved to watch and feed the wide variety of birds that frequented her many feeders. She loved to fish, never missing a good chance to catch, receive or cook up a good mess of catfish. And most of all she loved her family with all of her being.

Trish is survived by John, her husband of 57 years, her son John and his wife Marsha (Olson) and grandchildren David and Katie Smeltzer of Fort Collins, Colorado; son Mike and his wife Carrie (Barritt) of Cleghorn; a sister Jane McLouth (Jay) of Canton, Illinois; and brother Ivan Lyddon (Marian) of West Des Moines along with many nieces and nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in her name.

Visitation will be Friday, June 26 will be from 5 to 7 pm at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home, 612 2nd Ave. South, Humboldt, Iowa. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 27th at 10 AM
also at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt.

Burial will be Saturday PM, June 27, 2009 in the Liberty Cemetery, Liberty Township, Cherokee County, Iowa, 3 miles north of Meriden, Iowa on L-Ave and ½ mile east on 470th Street, Latitude N 42.836, Longitude W -95.636. The exact location of her gravestone is: North 42 degrees 50.221 minutes --- West 095 degrees 38.163 minutes plus or minus 12 feet (N 42 40.221 - W 095 38.163).

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  • Maintained by: John F. Smeltzer
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 42902756
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Patricia Anne “Trish” Lyddon Smeltzer (19 Sep 1930–24 Jun 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42902756, citing Liberty Cemetery, Meriden, Cherokee County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by John F. Smeltzer (contributor 46854465) .