August 7, 2017


Mary L. Smith, 98, of Coon Rapids, passed away on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8,  at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

A private family graveside service will be held at Union Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Born Aug. 14, 1918, on her family’s farm northeast of Creston, Iowa, she was the daughter of Emmet and Anna (Land) Danielson.  Mary was baptized and confirmed at the Salem Lutheran Church in Creston as a girl. She graduated from Creston High School in 1934. She attended AIB in Des Moines and then worked at an insurance agency. She was married to Willard “Toots” Smith on Dec. 22, 1945, at St. John Lutheran Church in Des Moines.  

The couple made their home on a farm northeast of Coon Rapids.  Mary helped out on the farm and grew a big garden with flowers.  She belonged to several organizations including the Coon Rapids Garden Club, the United Methodist Women, Rebekah Lodge and the Noble Grands, Eastern Star, Star Progressive Club, and the H and H Club. Mary and Toots moved into Coon Rapids in 1964 and began to spend the winters in Chandler, Arizona.

Mary is survived by her children: Margaret Rogers (Richard) of Woodward, Iowa, and Daniel Smith of Coon Rapids; three grandchildren: Michele Wald (Mike) of Ankeny, Iowa, Jeannie Dawson (James) of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Michael Smith (Lorena) of Carroll; 10 great-grandchildren: Phoebe, Tristan, Ashton, Jackson, Maddie, Birdy, Joseph, Katherine, Emma and Amber; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Emmet and Anna Danielson; her stepfather, Carl Swanson; a brother Robert Danielson; and a great-grandson Timothy.