On February 26, 2022, Claudette Marie Smith, age 65, passed away surrounded by family at Trinity Regional Medical Center.
Claudette was a lifelong caregiver. Over the years, she cared for countless people in their home and at local facilities. She was a mentor to many, always displaying her gift of compassion and loving care.
She spread her kindness community wide and spent many days baking for benefits, fundraisers, and families in need. Claudette was a proud member of the Wa Tan Ye, VFW Auxiliary, and St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Claudette had a tireless dedication to her family, she provided love and support in her words and in how she lived her life. She didn’t know a stranger and had a beautiful vest for life.
She is greatly missed by her husband, Richard Smith. Children Crystal (Frank) Sousa, Cory (Keely) Sanden, Amanda (Steve) McClain and Regina Rhea.
Grandchildren Layton (Colbie) Sousa, Ashley (Drew) Sousa, Kayel Sanden, Kyra Sanden, Erika (Aron) Jones, Alexis McClain, Mason McClain, Devon Smith, Tyler Dillon, Emma Rhea and Kole Rhea.
Great Grandchildren Everett Larson, Kinzey McClain, Wyatt McClain and Zoey Smith.
Siblings Fran (Roger) Dwight, Ray (Marty) Pickett, Phil (Lyn) Pickett, Ronald Pickett and Nanette Clouser, Don (Dee) Langenwalter, Diane (Dick) DeJong, Dawn (Junior) Tiedemann, Denise (Tom) Villhauer, Doug (Karla) Langenwalter, Darci (Dennis) Graffunder.
Claudette is proceeded in death by her parents, Albert and Dorothy Pickett and Herb and LaVonne Langenwalter, brother David Pickett, sister Deb (Jim) Girard, sister-in-law Lori Pickett, and son Richard Jr.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a GoFundMe account (search Claudette Smith at www.gofundme.com). A memorial fund has also been set up at Heartland Bank in Manson, Iowa (Memo: Claudette Smith Memorial, payable to Cory Sanden).
A Celebration of Life will be held the afternoon of Saturday, July 23 for family and friends to gather at Floral Hall in Manson, Iowa to rejoice and remember Claudette’s beautiful life.