Mary Ellen Smith, 55, passed away on Aug. 24, 2009, at the Spencer Hospital. No services are scheduled. Mary will be cremated.
Mary Ellen Smith, the daughter of Giles and Mildred (Ditmer) Ripperger, was born on Feb. 18, 1954, in Afton. She was raised and received her early education in Afton where she graduated from East Union High School. After graduation, she moved tM Café and then at the Airport Holiday Inn for many years.
On July 2, 1999, Mary married Jim Smith. Following their marriage the couple lived in Des Moines and then moved to Spencer in 2004. Mary liked to attend the Trinity Lutheran Church when her health permitted her and just recently she attended Bethany Lutheran Church both in Spencer.
Mary is survived by her husband, Jim of Spencer; her son, Charles Ashby of Portland, Ore.; her daughter, Sarah Stone Strock and her husband, Don of Spencer; two grandchildren; many step children and step-grandchildren; her parents, Giles and Mildred Ripperger of Ankeny; and three sisters: Patricia Hart and her husband, John of St. Joeseph, Mo., Sandy Konklar of Des Moines, and Linda Landers and her husband, Mike of Des Moines.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.