Patricia Ann Smidt passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, of Alzheimerís disease. She was born Oct. 18, 1928, in Lakota, Iowa, and was preceded in death by her father Emil Mittag, her mother Eva and eight siblings.
Her widowed mother single-handedly raised 10 children and maintained the family farm. Pat came from a family of strong women whose grit she inherited.
Pat attended Lakota High School where she participated in music, drama and journalism, graduating in 1946. She was a cheerleader for the championship womenís basketball team.
She married Peter Smidt in 1947. Together they raised seven children on a farm near Lakota. Patís gardening, canning and preserving fed their growing family. She was a skilled seamstress who made beautiful dresses for her daughters and herself and suits and ties for the men in her family. Her labors of love instilled in her children the value of hard work and independence.
Pat was a woman of strong faith and a serious student of the Bible. She lived her faith by serving others. One of the joys of her life was working as a cook for the Lake Okoboji Bible Conference.
She loved reading, writing, sewing, playing games, traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
In 1983, Pete and Pat left the farm and moved to Fairmont, Minn. They retired to Bella Vista, Ark., in 1997 and moved to Fayetteville, Ark., in 2006. These were some of the best years of their lives filled with family, new friends and adventures.
Her family was the joy of her life.
She is survived by her sister, Sharon (Wil) McGregor of San Diego, Calif.; her children, Jack (Carol Jo) of Buffalo Center, Iowa, David (Helen) of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Mark of Fayetteville, Ark., Mary Hillburg (Daryl) of Algona, Iowa, Lois of Boone, Iowa, Philip (Jennifer) of Lynnwood, Wash., and Jared (Laura) of Gig Harbor, Wash.; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service was held at Sequoyah United Methodist Church on Aug. 18. A public celebration of Patís life will take place on Oct. 25, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Community Chapel, 618 County Road P60, Lakota, Iowa. Her ashes will be interred with her husband at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark. We mourn the loss of her earthly body and rejoice in the reunion of her spirit and new body with the love of her life in heaven.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimerís Association.