Ann L. Smith

Ann L. Smith, age 66 of Peosta, IA completed her earthly journey on July 23, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Ann’s life, family and friends may gather together from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for her Celebration of Life on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Peosta Community Centre, 7896 Burds Road, Peosta, IA.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Ann’s family


Ann was born on October 29, 1952 in Dubuque, to Lyle and Louise (Hanenberger) Marting.  She graduated for Dubuque Senior High School and eventually met and married her soulmate, Joe Smith.  They’ve been blessed with 47 years together, 3 children and 7 grandchildren.  The couple has run the family business, Splendid Valley Nursery, together for many years.  Her keen eye for innovation, combined with her natural intellect for common sense solutions were definitely an asset to their success.


Ann was an avid runner and fan of physical fitness.  She was always content to spend a little time tending to her flower gardens.  Ann was a genuinely kind and gentle soul who shared her love and empathy for others in a truly generous fashion.  The world is a much better place because of the 66 years Ann walked among us.  We will miss her deeply and dearly and continue to embrace the beautiful legacy she leaves behind until we meet again.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Ann include,


her husband,

Joe Smith, Peosta;


her children,

Peter (Sherry Russell) Smith, Portage, MI,

Emily (Chris) Habel, Bankston,

and Kallie (Nick) Welter, Rickardsville;


her 7 grandchildren,

Xavior, Audrey, Madelyn, Owen, Abigail, Ray and Vincent;


her sisters-in-law,

Carole Marting, Scottsdale, AZ,

Cindy Booth, Kansas City, KS,

Sue (Tom) Batell, La Crosse, WI,

Ann (Kevin) Grogan, Cascade,

and Martha Smith, Dubuque;


her brother-in-law, Jack (Maria) Smith, Bankston;


along with countless nieces, nephews and cousins.


Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Allan Marting; her parents-in-law, Joe and Kay Smith; and her brother-in-law, Steve “Gomer” Smith.


Ann’s family would like to extend a sincere thank all of their family and friends, along with the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Shirley and Julie, for all of the love and support they’ve provided to Ann, and her family.


Online condolences may be shared with Ann’s family at

Celebration of Life

Peosta Community Centre
7896 Burds Road, Peosta, Iowa 52068
July 28th, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

8 comments on “Ann L. Smith
  1. mike digman says:

    Joe and Family, we are sorry to hear of Ann’s passing. she was always so courteous,helpful and knowledgeable when we were your customers at Splendid Valley Nursery. She added much beauty to the world.

  2. Maria Cannavo says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.I will always remember Ann fondly and have wonderful memories.

  3. Loras Coakley says:

    Dear Joe and Family,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of Ann’s passing; I only talked to her once, during mid-90s; the comment is correct; she was a gentle soul. ‘May the road rise up to meet you, the wind be always at your back and the sun shone softly upon your faces’.

  4. Mary Pat Ament says:

    Joe, Pete, Emily and Callie,
    I was so sorry to hear about your sweet wife and mother.
    “A genuinely kind and gentle soul. . . ” This so beautifully captures Ann’s spirit. Couple that with her welcoming smile and one couldn’t feel anything but love and acceptance when you were with here.
    I am so sorry I will not be able to help celebrate her life this Sunday, but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you be blessed with a sense of hope and keep her legacy alive by the goodness you do for others.
    Mary Pat

  5. Buzz McDermott says:

    Joe, Mary and I want to extend our heartfelt sorrow to you and your family in this time of great sorrow. God bless Ann

  6. Scott Freiburger says:

    Joe and family I’m so sorry for your loss. You and Ann were some of the most genuine and nicest people I’ve ever met. Working for you guys are still some of my fondest memories. I’m so sorry I won’t be able to be there in person but I will be there in spirit and you’ll be in my prayers.

  7. Sharon Hagerty says:

    Joe and family, Bill and I are deeply saddened to hear of Ann’s passing. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be greatly missed. Her smile said it all. God bless.

  8. Ken and Ruth Myers says:

    Joe and family:
    We send sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one. Annie was a special lady.

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