Immediately after graduation, I enrolled at C. E. School of Commerce in
Omaha & I graduated in November of 1969. After Ken returned from
Viet Nam, we were married in October 1970. We moved to his family
farm near Ithaca in 1973. In 1977 our son, Heath, was born. I enjoyed
being a stay at home mom for several years.
In 1984 I was diagnosed with MS & it forced me to resign my position as
Deputy Register of Deeds. At that point I delved into my music. I
enjoyed playing for rodeos & major horse shows across mid America.
I taught piano lessons to hundreds of kids for over 20 years in Wahoo,
but I could never teach my son! We partnered up in 2002 doing karaoke
& in 2004 we transformed into wedding venues & dances. We had a
good 10 year run & now donate our time to charitable events. Our
trademarked name became ‘SMITHACA’ which is Smith & Ithaca
In 1988 I ran for a position on the Wahoo Public School Board & served
5 terms--20 years. In 2012 I was asked to serve on the WPS Foundation
board, which I remain on today.
Ken was a full time farmer & also worked full time-4-midnight, for the
City of Lincoln Street Department. In May of 2001, he was hit & crushed
to death by a drunk driver on 56 th & O while working. Unbelievably the
man that killed him was from Wahoo. The day of his funeral was the
day our son was to graduate from Wesleyan. We had been married
almost 31 years.
I have 3 wonderful grandchildren, ages 7 to 20 & I enjoy spoiling each
one! They do keep us young!
Can’t believe it’s been 50 years…looking forward to our reunion!