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Charldine Brooks Smart, 86

Charldine Brooks Smart, 86, of Ionia, died Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at Lincoln Community Care Center, Lincoln.  She was born on October 5, 1927, on the family farm near Ulman, Missouri, a daughter of Milton and Opal (Lupardus) Carnes.

Her father died when she was only two years old and her mother raised her near Ulman.  In the fall of 1940, she moved with her mother to Ionia.  In 1945, she graduated from Cole Camp High School and was the school’s first drum majorette.  In the fall of 1945, Charldine began teaching in a small one-room elementary school in Prairie Grove.

On May 12, 1946, in Sedalia, she was united in marriage to Louis Smart.  She returned to teaching the next year and taught at Pleasant View and later South Side while raising her family.
In 1956, she returned to the classroom at Ionia, where she taught grades five through eight.  When the Cole Camp School District consolidated with Ionia in 1959, she began teaching seventh grade at the elementary school and in 1960, moved to the newly completed Cole Camp School.

In 1962, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, where she also completed her Master’s Degree in Education in 1970.  She continued to teach until 1993.  She was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association and was a recipient of the Pioneer in Education Award.

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Ionia.  She collected stamps and enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing, and crocheting.

She is survived by:
one daughter, Susan Feeback of Holden;
one son, William Smart and his wife Loyce of Ionia;
four grandchildren, Stacey Denney and her husband, Casey, Todd Smart and his wife, Elizabeth, Brooke Ogle and her husband, Wayne, and Tanner Feeback and his fiancee, Danielle Gosch; and
five great-grandchildren, Kelsey Denney, Keaton Denney, Logan Smart, Reaganne Smart, and Madilynn Ogle.

She was preceded in death by her parents,  Milton and Opal Carnes, her husband, Louis Smart on April 9, 1984, and a daughter, Sally Louise Smart in July of 1953.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014, at United Methodist Church, Ionia, with Rev. Donna Nichols officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Sedalia.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at the Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Cole Camp Educational Foundation or Ionia United Methodist Church in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.

Pallbearers will be Tracy Meuschke, Robert Farrington, Raymond Schnackenberg, David Carson, Mark Pottorff, and Mike Johnson.

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