April 23, 1942 – January 8, 2014
Karla Kay Smit quietly joined her heavenly family on January 8, 2014
Born to Svend and Kathryn Christensen on April 23, 1942. Karla graduated from Atlantic High School in 1960. She lived in Atlantic the majority of her life, up until 2009 when she moved to Ankeny, Iowa to be closer to her daughters.
Karla had a gift for numbers, which was present in all of her employment, most obviously in her work alongside husband, Howard at Crabtree Printing. Karla was also an excellent wordsmith. A talent that served her well in the crossword puzzles she enjoyed. These gifts made Karla a tough competitor in any board game. Her grandchildren will tell you that she would always play to win, and usually did. Her hearty laugh was heard often during these times of good natured competition. Throughout her life, Karla enjoyed dancing. Didn’t matter if it was to “Wipeout” with her girlfriends or Country dancing with her husband she would be out on the floor cutting a rug. Karla and Howard took many trips to Daytona. Karla loved the beach and all things associated. She even brought back beloved dog, Tony from one of those trips. Always a woman of strong faith, Karla was a member of the United Church of Christ in Atlantic. Karla was a member of PEO an affiliation that she shared with her mother.
Karla will be greatly missed by daughter, Lori Reynolds and husband Justin Breckinridge, Step son & wife: Steve & Kathy Smit. Grandchildren: Carter Trewet, Max Schmitz; Cora Smit; Josh & Justin Schmitz; Brooke, Tyler, and Madelyn Breckenridge; and sisters-in-law Pat & Sherry Christensen, nephews Greg and Erik, Christensen, nieces Lisa Kempston and Desiré Kaye and other extended family.
Waiting for Karla in Heaven are husband, Howard Smit, Daughter, Brenda Schmitz, Brothers, Ross & Tom Christensen, God daughter, Sheryl Martyr, and parents, Svend & Kathryn.
A memorial service will be held at Ankeny Christian Church 2506 SW 3rd, Ankeny, IA on January 18, 2014 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring Karla can be directed to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, or World Wildlife Federation.Information provided by: Memorial Services of Iowa 4208 North Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023 515.964.0592 www.memorialservicesofiowa.com