North English- Charlotte Louise Smith was born on November 15, 1925, near Frytown, Iowa, to James Charles and Leola Emily (Davis) Hotka. She grew up roller skating around Sigourney, moved to east of North English as a high school sophmore and graduated from North English High School in 1943.
She married Robert R. Smith in North English on December 29, 1945. They were the parents of seven children: Louise Avery, Jim (JoAnn), Lorrie and Kevin all of North English; Bonnie (Bill) Miller of What Cheer; David (Chris) of Tiffin and Brenda Smith-Custer of Overland Park, Kansas.
She worked at the grocery stores in North English for Dow Mason, Barney Morgan and Bob Casteel, picked tomatoes for Doc Berry and was a cook at EV Schools for 25 years, retiring at age 74. She was a hard worker and loved the outdoors.
Charlotte died on Monday, January 4, 2021, at her home in North English at the age of 95 years.
She is survived by her children, 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and her beloved dog, Susie. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister and a great grandson.
The family would like to thank Ronda Yoss for her loving care for Charlotte.
A private family service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in North English. Burial will be in the North English Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Safe Haven of Iowa County or the English Valleys Citizen's Scholarship Fund. Powell Funeral Home in North English is caring for Charlotte and her family. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com
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I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Charlotte. She was a lovely neighbor who I first met when she would come gather my lawn clippings for her cows. I hate that I will no longer be able to enjoy a summer afternoon on her porch listening to her tell me about her life.
Lorrie and Kevin I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I enjoyed talks with Charlotte about the community and history of North English and especially her farm/homestead advice. She will be missed.
I always enjoyed visiting with Charlotte when I played music at the Community Center in North English. Harper Valley PTA was her favorite song, so always made sure I sang it for her! She loved animals - always asked how my dogs were doing and how many animals we had at Safe Haven. I was happy to see Safe Haven was one of the memorial designations for Charlotte - she would have loved that. Prayers for peace and comfort for her family.
Bonnie and Bill so sorry to hear of The loss of your mother. I remember the time we saw each other when we had both our moms at the hospital. They are both in a good place now. we’re lucky they could be with us for a long time. Prayers are with you and your family.
Charlotte always made my day when she came for lunch at the Community center . Her spunky attitude always kept us on our toes. She will be greatly missed
Charlotte was a sweet lady. We liked to visit when she walked Susie or we walked our dogs. Our sympathy goes out to her family. God Bless.
Charlotte was a wonderful lady and a great neighbor. She was the hardest worker and she had a great life. So sorry for your loss!!!
What a sweet photo of A sweet lady!. My sympathies to you. I had forgot she was a classmate of my dad and many others. Probably one of the last remaining class of 43. I'm glad shewas able to be at home all her life.
To all the family...so sorry to hear about Charlotte's passing, sure wish we could be there with you. We'll always remember her welcoming attitude, along with being so energetic and loving to garden. She was one-of-a-kind and a great person!
God gave your mother a wonderful life span.... I understand just how much you will miss this special lady in your lives. Thoughts & prayers are with the Smith at this time & the days ahead.
What a dear lady! Louise and I were High School classmates. Charlotte was like a mom to all of us. An Ever present individual in the community and always a hard worker!
I’m so sorry Louise, to learn of your mother’s death. She was like a second Mom for me all of my childhood💕! I celebrate her long vibrant life and know she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Sympathy to the entire Smith family.
Ginny Gilchrist Kleppinger
What can we say? Charlotte was part of our family. Our Mom's best friend and Tom's second Mom. Bill and Mary's kids and grandkids hung out with her throughout the decades. Making Barbie clothes for me and my daughter Amy Making applesauce and Tang for Tom. So many memories... We're all thinking of you what a great life and legacy Rosie (and entire Hester family)
I am so sorry for your loss. Charlotte was a wonderful person. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Karla (Lown) Starckovich
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