Ellen Joy Smith was born May 14, 1952, the daughter of Fred and Arlene (Smith) Krause in Trenton, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona attended and graduated from Phoenix Christian High School. She went on to Hamilton School of Business in Mason City, Iowa where she earned a degree in Bookkeeping. After school, she moved back to Phoenix and worked various jobs.
On October 12, 1984, she married Scott Smith. They lived in Phoenix until September of 1999 when they moved to Rake, Iowa. Where she worked as the city clerk for 10 years. She enjoyed crafts, painting, gardening, and flowers.
Ellen died Thursday, June 9, 2022, at her home in Rake. She was 70 years old.
She is survived by her husband, Scott. Ellen was preceded in death by her parents.