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02-07-2019 - Cathy Smedes White Obituary
Catherine White

West Des Moines - Cathy White of West Des Moines, IA passed away peacefully on February 2, 2019. Visitation will take place on Friday, February 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 9, at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 7075 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines. Private burial will take place at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

She was born July 18, 1941 in Des Moines, the youngest child of Mary and Wayne Smedes. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and studied at the University of Iowa and Drake University, attaining her teaching degree. She met her future husband Jim through a good friend and they were married December 27, 1961.

Cathy was a devoted mother of three sons and a daughter, and worked tirelessly to provide a warm and loving home.

Cathy was very social, becoming a real estate agent later in life and helping people find their homes for nearly 20 years.

She had many interests and hobbies, including cooking and home improvement projects, and loved the outdoors, especially working in her garden. She and Jim enjoyed sailing at Saylorville Lake and Green Bay, WI, Jeep adventures in the Colorado mountains, playing Bridge and relaxing at Clear Lake. She was also a member of the Junior League and PEO.

Cathy is survived by her children Bryan (Angie) of Beaverton, OR; Paul (Gail) of Ventura, CA; David (Meri) of Naperville, IL and Peggy (Nick) Krueger of West Des Moines as well as her ten grandchildren: Kaylee and Karina White, Paris White, Drew (Alyssa), and Tyler Smith, Griffin and Tori White, Will, Charlie and Jack Krueger; and a great granddaughter Genevieve. She also leaves behind a sister Mary Ann Turner of San Jose, CA a niece and many nephews. Cathy was preceded in death by her husband Jim, of 45 years and her sister, Peggy Jester.

Thank you to Angela, Deanna, Barbara, Kenoshia and Shantel of Angela Browder Homecare; the Unity Point Hospice of Iowa and the staff at Bickford Cottage WDM for your unwavering, compassionate care for our beloved Cathy.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer's Association and the Des Moines Art Center would be appreciated. Online condolences may be expressed at

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