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“Eternal life grant unto her, O Lotd, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the soul of Niki, and all the souls of the faithful departed l,...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Lois Brookhart - Urbandale, IA

“Niki was very much her own person and was indeed a "beloved waitress" who soon became your friend. She will be very much missed and remembered by...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Linda Rivas - Des Moines, IA

“I am so heart broken to hear of the passing of Niki Smith....a wonderful lady who served our family (my whole life) so wonderfully and so many others...Read More »
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4 of 7 | Posted by: Louis Kershbaumer - Des Moines, IA

“So, So sorry about Niki...We were long time customers and loved our visits and conversations with her. She was a hard worker and always remembered...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Mick & Lavona Webb - Altoona, IA

“To Niki's family,So sorry to hear of Niki's passing. God bless her. She was one special little lady. We had so many good conversations and laughs....Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Judy Johansen - Indianola, IA

“What a wonderful woman! Her legacy is her love and care of her family. It will live on through all who loved her. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Traci Weldon - Chariton, IA


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Beloved sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother.

Noriko Smith, 83, passed away December 28th, 2017 at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa.

Noriko was born in Sapporo, Japan in July 1934.

Preceded in death by her sister Atsuko, Tokyo, Japan.

Survived by her brother Naomitsu and sister Ryoko of Sapporo, Japan.

Beloved mother of her children Nancy (Martin) Vogel, Steven Nicholson, Larry Nicholson and David Scott Smith (Jennie Jones); further survived by grandchildren James (Preeti) Vogel, Eric Vogel, John Nicholson, Marc (Alexandria) Nicholson, Cathryn Nicholson, Christopher Aburas, Anthony Nicholson, Alexander Nicholson, Nikolas Nicholson, Ashley Berhow, Amber (Jason) Allen, Noriko Jones; great grandchildren Ariana Aburas, Olivia
Nicholson, Ileyah Islas, Nova Wessel, Saleen Wessel, and Ryleigh Duric.

Niki spent most of her career as a beloved waitress for Riccelli's Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa.

Being surrounded by those she loved was her fondest memories. She enjoyed cooking and serving food to her family, friends and customers.
She took great pleasure and joy in preparing

food from her childhood especially preparing Sukiyaki not just for the comfort of making the food but being able to pass on her recipes to the next generation.
She will be missed by many and will forever be loved.

In honor of her request no services will be held.
Condolences may be sent to 444 East Phillips Apt 102 Des Moines, Iowa 50315.