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Karolyn Kay (Tinnermeier) Smothers

April 26, 1941 ~ March 6, 2022 (age 80)


Karolyn Kay (Tinnermeier) Smothers, 80, of Adel passed away on March 6, 2022, at her home at Adel Acres in Adel, Iowa. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory with a burial to follow at Newton Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the funeral home. Memorials in Karolyn’s name (please make checks payable to Louis Smothers) may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the funeral home.

Kay was born on April 26, 1941, to Lester and Bernadine (Rumbaugh) Tinnermeier in Newton, Iowa, where she lived most of her life. She attended country school near Agnes Patterson Park. Kay was a member of Jolly Workers 4H Club and Rainbow for Girls. She grew up going to the First United Methodist Church. She graduated from Newton High School in 1960. She then pursued beauty school in Des Moines with her lifelong friend, Susan Blom, and she was a hairdresser at Salon de Shari. She was married to Raymond Smothers in 1963. After having five children, they parted ways in 1973. Kay was a stay-at-home mom. After all the kids were gone, Kay worked for several businesses through Progress Industries. In 2000, she moved to Waukee where two of her children lived at the time to be able to spend time with some of her grandchildren. Eventually all of her children were in the Waukee area. Kay enjoyed her family, reading, and watching Days of our Lives. She loved owning her own home in Waukee and worked hard at keeping her lawn weed-free and having the grandsons mowing for her.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Cindy (Mark) Irvin, Connie (Rusty) Richardson, Louis (Julie) Smothers, and Shawn (Amy) Smothers all of Waukee; grandchildren, Amber (Edwin) Harris, Christopher (Kaurissa) Irvin, Lance Irvin (Taylor Woebbeking), Joshua (Becca) Ellis, Richie Richardson, Ethan Smothers, Austin Smothers, Nathan Smothers, Brooke Smothers, Abby Smothers; great-grandchildren, Cade Harris, Deven Harris, Breeya Harris, Eleanor Irvin, Jasper Irvin, and Paisley Riddle. Preceding Kay in death were her parents; son, Lester; sisters, Shirley Miller and Betty Shrum; and brother-in-law John Shrum.

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March 10, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory
1115 E. 19th St. N.
Newton, IA 50208-2539

Funeral Service
March 11, 2022

11:00 AM
Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory
1115 E. 19th St. N.
Newton, IA 50208-2539

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