Phyllis E.M. Smith-Solony, 77

February 21, 2011
  • Phyllis E.M. Smith-Solony
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MARCH 24, 1933-FEB. 16, 2011

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — Phyllis Ellen Martin Smith-Solony, 77, of Clear Lake, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the home of her daughter in Mason City, Iowa.   

Phyllis was born March 24, 1933, in Hagerstown, Md., to the late Henry J. Martin and the late Mabel C. Messersmith-Martin.   

She is survived by her children, Jan L. Sensenbaugh of Hagerstown, Phillip R. Smith and wife, Brenda, of Newton, N.C., Fred C. Solony and wife, Nancy, of Mason City, Michael T. Solony of Las Cruses, N.M., Tonya D. Carlson and husband, Alan, of Duluth, Minn., and Penny L. Gourley and husband, Tracy, of Mason City, and faithful canine companion, Gracie Anne. Gramma Phyllis is also survived by her grandchildren, Christopher A. Sensenbaugh, Travis E. Sensenbaugh, Joshua J. Smith, P. Nathanael Smith, Joseph B. Smith, Katie S. Gourley and Kelly J. Gourley; great-grandchildren, Michael T. Sensenbaugh, Cory M. Sensenbaugh, Mason J. Sensenbaugh and soon to arrive, Harrison Smith; and stepgreat-granddaughter, Hayden Ulrich. Phyllis also leaves behind a brother, Phillip A. Martin of Goodyear, Ariz.; and sister, Jean A. Sword of Williamsport, Md.

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Jenny Sue Solony, in 1963; and son-in-law, Joseph E. Sensenbaugh, in 2002.  

A viewing was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Major Erickson Funeral Home in Mason City, Iowa, with a memorial service at her home church, Riverside Friends Church, on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at 10 a.m. with inurnment at a later date. Pastor Paul Martin and Maj. Vickie Cole (The Salvation Army) officiated.

Memorial gifts may be made to Riverside Friends Church, 527 N. Kentucky Ave., Mason City, IA 50401; or to The Community Kitchen Center, 606 N. Monroe, Mason City, IA 50401.

Arrangements with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924.  

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