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Gracia Lorena Herbert

July 5, 1919 January 31, 2020
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Obituary – Gracia Lorena (Smith) Herbert

Gracia Lorena (Smith) Herbert, age 100, died peacefully January 31, 2020, at Lamoni Specialty Care in Lamoni, Iowa. She was born July 5, 1919, in Lamoni to Arthur H. and Georgia (Horner) Smith.

In 1933, the family moved to a farm south of Waterloo, Iowa. Gracia graduated from Orange Township High School in 1937. She attended Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls and received her teaching certificate in 1941. Gracia taught kindergarten in Bloomfield, Iowa for two years. The next two years she taught first grade in Waterloo.

After the end of World War II, Gracia served in the American Red Cross in France for one year. In 1946, she returned to Waterloo and met Lawrence Alton “Larry” Herbert. They were married on March 9, 1947, at Grace Methodist Church.

Gracia worked at the Waterloo Public Library. Larry was in the business of refrigeration and appliance repair. After living in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area for ten years, they moved to Tampa, Florida where they owned and operated a laundromat business.

In 1977, Gracia and Larry moved to Lamoni. They bought and renovated a small mobile home park on North Clark Street. It was known as Sundowner Village Mobile Home Park. They enjoyed caring for their residents and felt much pride in the nice looking appearance of the park.

In their retirement years, Gracia and Larry shared many pleasant experiences while traveling throughout the United States. They loved meeting new friends wherever they camped. They especially liked the children they met in their travels and those in the neighborhoods where they lived. Gracia and Larry lived in Bolivar, Missouri for fourteen years before returning to Lamoni in 2013.

Preceding Gracia in death were her parents; husband, Larry in April of 2013; and brother, Raymond Smith and wife, Verna. Survivors include her nephew, John Smith and wife, Mary of Germantown Hills, Illinois, nieces, Barbara Breshears and husband, Don of Lamoni, and Beverly Bechtel of Prairie Village, Kansas.





Funeral services will be held at the Lamoni United Methodist Church in Lamoni, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 6, 2020, with Pastor Neil Montz officiating. Visitation with family receiving friends is the hour before the service. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Iowa. Arrangements were through the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa.
Memorials may be given to the Lawrence and Gracia Herbert Scholarship Fund for the Missouri United Methodist Foundation in Columbia, Missouri.


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Visitation

Thursday

6

Feb

9:30 AM 2/6/2020 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 2/6/2020 10:30:00 AM
Lamoni United Methodist Church

9th & Maple Street
Lamoni, IA 50140

Family will receive friends 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Lamoni United Methodist Church
9th & Maple Street Lamoni 50140 IA
United States

Service

Thursday

6

Feb

10:30 AM 2/6/2020 10:30:00 AM
Lamoni United Methodist Church

9th & Maple Street
Lamoni, IA 50140

Lamoni United Methodist Church
9th & Maple Street Lamoni 50140 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Rose Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

Lamoni, IA 50140

Lamoni 50140 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Lawrence & Gracia Herbert Scholarship Fund

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