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Mona Marie Smith, 93, formerly of Mitchell

Mona Marie Smith, 93, of formerly of Mitchell, died Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Alliance.

Her graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Mitchell City Cemetery in Mitchell with Pastor Rick Reisig officiating. Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff.

A memorial has been established to Good Samaritan Society. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com

Mona was born August 3, 1920, at Sturgis, South Dakota to Isaac "I.D." and Elsie Mae (Smith) Hickey, pioneers who homesteaded in western Nebraska. Elsie actually first homesteaded with her brother in 1910 and I.D. homesteaded in 1912. Their homesteads in Sioux County where nearly side by side and that is how they met. She received her early education at Harrison grade schools, graduating from Harrison High School. She served in the United States Navy during World War II in the WAVES. She married Lloyd Eugene Taylor in January 1947, at Harrisburg and they made their home in Scottsbluff. She married Edwin "Ted" Smith in April 1961, at Harrisburg and they made their home in Scottsbluff and later in Mitchell.

Mona grew up on a ranch in Sioux County where she enjoyed being surrounded by animals. She especially liked horses, and even had a dog she trained to ride on a horse. During the school year Mona lived with her mother and brother, attending school in Harrison. They would return to the ranch and her father, on weekends and summers. Mona joined the United States Navy, where she welded on ships in Washington and Oregon. She returned to the valley and worked various jobs, before marrying and becoming a mother. Mona was an important supporter of her grandchildren attending college, which she appreciated. She enjoyed politics and reading, and had a special place in her heart for animals. She will be missed by her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children; Daryl (Jan) Taylor of Alliance; Sandra (Roger) Nichols of Minatare, and Rex (Sharon) Taylor of Albuquerque, New Mexico; stepdaughter, Patricia Smith of California; grandchildren, Sarah Taylor, Brent (Jamie) Taylor, Jeffrey Nichols, Jill (Jeffrey) Allen, Gale (Matt) Albrecht, Jenifer (Jay) Hopp, Lisa (Jon) Lee, and Christopher (Beth) Taylor; great-grandchildren, Conner Taylor, Kathleen (Matt) Landreth, Hayley Allen, Jamie Allen, Ella Pearle Hopp, Gutherie Hopp, Jason Lee, and Nathan Lee; great-great-grandson, Ryan Landreth.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Elsie Mae Hickey; an infant sister; brother, Dorman Hickey; and her husband, Ted Smith.

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