Mary Smith

A funeral service for Mary Smith, Algona, was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at the First United Methodist Church, Algona. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Algona.

Mary Marjorie Smith died March 26, 2019. She was born Dec. 22, 1920, in rural West Bend, the daughter of William and Effie (Greenfield) Runchey. Mary attended country school and graduated from Algona High School in 1938. Following high school she helped her parents on the farm until she was united in marriage to Wayne Smith on July 1, 1939.  Wayne and Mary farmed together near West Bend until Wayne’s death on July 16, 1976. Mary then moved to Algona in 1978.

Mary enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, knitting, making quilts and traveling. She traveled to Nova Scotia, Germany, Switzerland, the Holy Land and Australia.

She also enjoyed spending time with her family and helping others. She was a member of the United Methodist Church for 86 years, United Methodist Women, Daughters of the American Revolution, Cresco Mother and Daughter’s Club and Homemakers Club. She was also very involved with 4-H, being a leader for 16 years.

Mary is survived by her children, Paul and June Smith of Algona and Susan and Bruce Strampe of Panama City, Fla.; son-in-law, Kenneth Baughman of Redlands, Calif.; grandchildren, Marguerite (David) Wilson, Tonya (Chris) Bowman, Shane (Kim) Smith, Amy (Donald) Stoddard, and David (Wendy) Strampe; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; daughter, Ann Baughman; and two brothers, Fernley and Lyle Runchey. Online condolences may be left at

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Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

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