Betty Joe Knowles Smith, 94, of Ottumwa, died at 8:25 a.m. March 28, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.
She was born July 31, 1922 in Lucerne, MO to Thomas and Gladys Sprague Knowles. She married Earl Scott Syferd in June of 1940 and they later divorced. She married Raymond Keith Smith on December 29, 1956 in Kahoka, MO and he preceded her in death on January 4, 2002.
Betty was a 1940 graduate of Seymour High School in Seymour, IA. She had worked for the Ottumwa Courier in her early years until the birth of her second son.
She was a member of Davis St. Christian Church for over 60 years. She was active in the Rebekah Lodge and King's Daughters.
Surviving is her son, Brett K. Smith of West Des Moines; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; a sister, Patricia (George) Palmer of Portland, OR; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Lynn Syferd; two sisters, Masel Bryan and an infant sister, Mazie Knowles.
Her body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Reece Funeral Home with Rev. James H. Wakelin officiating.
Our family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Timber Ridge and Serenity Glen for their kind, loving care over these past four years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the family to be designated at a later date.
Published on  May 1, 2017