Ursula Ann Smith

February 4, 1922February 20, 2018

Ursula Ann Smith was born in Warsaw, Poland on February 4, 1922. She grew up in Katowice, Poland. She was educated in Poland, Switzerland, England, France and the United States. She married Fred Smith in Madison, Wisconsin in 1943.

Ursula worked as a nurse, a laboratory technician and a teacher. She taught French at Iowa State University for nearly 30 years. After retirement she volunteered for many worthy causes, he Ames Public Library, Mary Greeley Hospital, the Salvation Army, the food pantry, Worldly Goods and other organizations.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Frederick Smith, and her only daughter Christine. She is survived her 2 grandsons, Geoffrey and Jonathon Schroeder.

Ursula was known for her love of animals and provided a happy home to many cats and dogs. She lived a long, interesting and useful life before her death on February 20, 2018 in Ames, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will take place at a later date in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ursula Ann Smith

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Shannon Sheehan

April 1, 2018

Ursula and Fred were my next door neighbors growing up in Ames. We kept in touch over the years. They were always there and a big help when my Father passed away. Ursula was always charming and a pleasure to talk with. I will miss her.

February 26, 2018

Ursula was my dear and loving friend for almost thirty years and it was with great sadness that I said goodbye to her the day before she died. It has been an honor to have known her and i will always be grateful for her friendship. Lux aeterna luceat eam.
Renate Dellmann, Ames, IA

Clyde Thogmartin

February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

Ursula Smith was a valued and respected colleague of mine in the French section of the Department of Foreign/World Languages for thirty-some years. I miss her bright, rapid steps in the hall outside my office door.

Joyce Osborn

February 25, 2018

Mrs. Smith taught us French and World History at United Community High School(near Boone) in the 60's. I will always remember her gracious ways & dignified manner, and can still recite some of the poems and songs she taught us. A very fine woman indeed.

danielle donet-vincent

February 25, 2018

Reposez en paix, chère Ursula. Vous rencontrer a été un privilège rare. Merci des moments passés en votre compagnie.
My deepest condolences to her family.
Danielle Donet-Vincent