Lisbon – Iona Bricker Smith, 87, of Graham Street, passed away peacefully at 8:15pm, Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Salem Regional Medical Center following a recent illness.
Mrs. Smith born October 5, 1926 in East Liverpool, Ohio, a daughter of the late Harry L. and Margaret (Strobel) Malone, and had lived in the Lisbon area most of her life.
A 1943 graduate of East Liverpool High School, she worked as a secretary, a janitress, and a librarian for the Salem City Schools for over 20 years, retiring in 1986.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Tavares, Florida, where she sang in the choir and was editor of the church’s newsletter and a member of the Lisbon First United Methodist Church, where she also sang in the choir.
Iona was a member of the United Methodist Women; the Parkinson Support Group of Lake County; life member of the V.F.W. Post 4111 ladies auxiliary; and former President of the Lisbon Senior Citizens.
Her husband, Donald E. Smith, whom she married December 29, 1984, preceded her in death October 15, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Lois J. Lynn, brothers, Terry L. Malone and Harry Malone, and her great grandson, Jacob.
She is survived by her sons, Melvin (Carole) Bricker, Warren (Mary Beth) Bricker, and James (Patti) Bricker, all of Lisbon; sisters, Margaret Altenhof of Hernando, Florida, Joyce Warrick of Lisbon, Pearl Webber of Washingtonville, and Carol Sue Walker of East Liverpool; brothers, Thomas Malone of Wayland, New York and Richard Malone of Alabama; grandchildren, April, Heather, Nicole, Jamey, Christopher, Matthew, and Tim; 16 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home with the Rev. Pamela Gable officiating. Private burial will follow at the Kemble Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5pm to 8pm, Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market Street, Youngstown, OH 44512-2198 or to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018.
Friends may also view Iona’s memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.eells-leggett-stauffer.com