Sister Maureen (Barbara Ann) Smith, OSF, died Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the age of 85.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Francis House Chapel, Mount St. Francis Center at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Masks will be required.
Maureen Alice, daughter of the late John and Mabel (Scott) Smith, was born November 27, 1935 in Sumner, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Sumner. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque from Immaculate Conception on August 25, 1954. She was received with the name Sister Mary Barbara Ann on August 12, 1955 and made her final profession of vows on August 12, 1960.
Sister received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, Iowa. She ministered as a teacher in Iowa at Manchester, Sacred Heart, Dubuque, and St. Mary’s, Waterloo. She served the migrant farmworker population in Florida at Ruskin and Wimauma and in Washington D.C. with the Migrant Project. Sister also assisted migrant families in West Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, New Jersey, and New York.
Sister is survived by her sisters-in-law Alice Smith, Rita Smith, and Shayla (Smith) Milbrandt; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Marcella (John) McGuigan, Mary Smith, Delores Smith, OSF, Mary Valentine, OSF, Arlene Smith, OSF, and Mary Robertine, OSF; and her brothers Harold (Marcella) Smith, Benjamin Smith, Rev. Robert Smith, Theodore (Dorothy) Smith, Valentine (Jean) Smith, James (Mary) Smith, Thomas Smith, Norbert (Eileen) Smith, Franklin Smith, John H. Smith Jr., and Joseph Smith.
Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.