Weather Forecast


Mary Lou Smith

Mary Lou Smith May 17, 1924 - Nov. 17, 2013

RENVILLE - Mary Lou Smith, age 89, of Renville, died Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Renville. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Renville. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. in the Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Renville. Visitation continues on Thursday, one hour prior to the services at the church.

Mary Lou Smith was born on May 17, 1924, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Joseph H. and Esther C. (Flynn) Mabey. She grew up in Eau Claire and graduated from St. Patricks High School. Mary Lou continued her education at the University of Minnesota, graduating with a BS in Nursing. She was united in marriage to William K. Smith on September 2, 1946, in Minneapolis. Following their marriage, Mary Lou and Bill moved to Renville and she worked at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville for a time. She then worked as school nurse and librarian for Danube Public Schools for many years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Renville since 1946, the American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years, the Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII, and a charter member of the Renville County Genealogical Society. She was also a volunteer for the Red Cross Blood Mobile. She enjoyed genealogy, reading, and playing Bridge with her friends.

Survivors include her husband Bill of Renville, her daughter and sons: Sarah (and Ernie) Perez of Mountain View, CA, Will (and Lori Park-Smith) of Willmar, Dan (and Nancy) of Rapid City, SD, and Timothy Owen (and Dan Taylor) of Vieques, Puerto Rico and Milwaukee, WI; her grandchildren: Mike (and Giao) Perez, David Perez, Anna Perez, Matthew, Harrison, and Parker Smith, Emily (and David) Segalini, and Neil (and Laura) Smith; her great grandchildren: Ava, Mira, Isabella, and Lily Perez, and Olivia Segalini; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother and two sisters.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Home, Renville, Minnesota