Carol Jean Waggoner Smith was born on May 23, 1929, in Iowa Falls, Iowa to Esther (Kelsey) and Joseph Waggoner. She spent her early years on farms near Iowa Falls and in Popejoy, IA. She graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1946 and attended Ellsworth College, earning a degree in education. Her first teaching job was in Earlham, IA. Carol married Kenneth Dale Smith on June 18, 1950. They raised their five children in Iowa Falls and Marshalltown. Dale and Carol attended First Baptist Church of Iowa Falls and First Baptist in Marshalltown. They served in many ways and Carol was active for over 25 years in Girl Scouting. She continued her teaching career in Marshalltown at Hilleman Preschool and later at McVay Preschool. After retirement she volunteered as “Mother Goose” in Marshalltown schools.
In 2004, Dale and Carol moved to Peoria, Illinois. They attended Bethany Baptist Church in Edwards, IL. Carol was a reader, bird watcher, camper, and seamstress. She continued to appear as Mother Goose in Peoria schools and was known for her repertoire of stories, poems, and songs. Later in life Carol took up quilting, creating beautiful gifts for friends and family to cherish. She and Dale spent a lot of time on the road, visiting grandchildren and friends, national parks, and historic sites. She enjoyed playing games with her grandchildren.
Carol’s traveling was curtailed a bit when she suffered kidney failure in 2009. She began to receive dialysis treatments at Fresenius North in Peoria and found a new community of friends. Dialysis did not slow her down much and she made the most of the next 13 years.
After Dale’s death in 2015, Carol moved to Apostolic Christian Skylines home in Peoria. She made many friends there among the residents and staff. She was known for always having a new joke to tell.
Carol went home to heaven peacefully on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, with family at her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, her daughter, Penny Smith, and her son, Brian Smith. She is survived by her son, Brad (Lisa) Smith of Las Vegas, NV, daughter Candy (Tom) Hiett of Monmouth, IL and daughter Wendy (Mike) Monahan of Peoria, IL, 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, her brother Roger (May) Waggoner of Lafayette, LA, her sister-in-law Phyllis Waggoner of Minneapolis, MN, and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews. Interment of ashes will take place in the spring in Union Cemetery in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
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