Mona Joye Swanson Smith, 84, of Plano, Texas, died Thursday, June 26, 2014.
Born Feb. 26, 1930, in Mt. Jewett, she was a daughter of the late Iona Murray Swanson and George Julius Swanson.
She attended and graduated from Hamlin Township School where she met her future husband in third grade. Mona participated in the Glee Club, band and was on the year book staff.
On Sept. 8, 1951 at the home of her parents, Mona married William Carl Smith. They began their 22 years in the military traveling to Germany, Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Minnesota.
Mona and Bill were the proud parents of nine children who were known as â€śThe Human Encyclopedias,â€ť from their many travels. The family moved to Plano, Texas in 1968. With the many children she was active in the Lutheran Church, Boy Scouts, a Brownies leader and made sure she attended her childrenâ€™s sporting events, choir programs and field trips. Mona also volunteered at Plano Medical Center and the Mt. Jewett Swedish Smorgasbord. Mona was a florist by trade. She designed many bridal arrangements and floral designs in the Dallas and Plano area for the Corner House. She and her husband also found time to square dance with the â€śPlano Squaresâ€ť and ballroom dancing. She loved ceramics, sewing, cooking, gardening, and camping trips with her family. After retirement she and her husband enjoyed traveling with the RV and spending time in Mt. Jewett.
Mona was a beacon for love and friendship. Whether it was her family or friends, her home was always open and you could find a cup of coffee with some good conversation at any time. Her greatest joy was her annual family Christmas party, which grew from 10 to 65 over the years. She loved her growing family and delighted in the laughter and love in her home.
Mona is survived by her husband William â€śBillâ€ť Smith, and their children, including four sons, Lee Martin Smith and wife Nonglux â€śDangâ€ť Smith of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; Timothy Carl Smith of Plano, Texas, William â€śTinkerâ€ť George Smith and wife Wendy Smith of Ramona, Calif., and James Emil Smith and wife Julie M. Smith of Durant, Okla.; four daughters, Marie Elizabeth Wooten and husband James N. Wooten of Plano, Texas, Karen Suzanne Smith-Rosamond of Plano, Texas, Mona â€śToodlesâ€ť Joanne Smith-Turner of Plano, Texas, and Melanie Grace Green of Durant, Okla.; a brother, George Murray Swanson and wife Bernadine Swanson of Mt. Jewett; and 20 grandchildren, 23-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Mona is preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Ruth; her parents, Iona and George Swanson; and a sister, Dorothy Marie Howard.
Pallbearers will be Michael Smith, James D. Wooten, Noah Wooten, Jeff T. Turner, Lee M. Smith, all grandsons, and Paul Swanson, nephew of Mona.
Friends will be received 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Cummings Funeral Home, Inc. in Mt. Jewett. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Nebo Chapel with the Rev. Earl "Scoop" Okerlund officiating. Burial will be at Nebo Cemetery.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com.