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Rita 'Nanuck' Smock
Jun 21, 2013 - Staff
Rita "Nanuck" Smock, of Riverton, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at her home. She was 76 years old.
Per her request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Echo Klaproth officiating.
Rita Rae Gergely was born Nov. 14, 1936, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Paul Andrew and Grace Phyllis (Cain) Gergely. She graduated from North High School with the class of 1954. She then went to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, studying interior design.
She lived in Colorado from 1964 to 2004, living in both Colorado Springs, Colo., and Aurora, Colo. She later moved to Riverton where she married Charles Smock on July 18, 2004.
Before moving to Riverton she worked as an interior designer, a district secretary for Susie's Casuals, an executive assistant for Container Industries, and an administrative assistant for Vantage Homes.
She was active in the Methodist Church Martha Ruth Women's Group and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.
Her family said she was a gifted oil and pastel artist and seamstress, and she loved crafts, home design and upholstery. She was a "professional" garage-saler and loved scouting them her whole life. Her family said she crocheted newborn caps for each baby born in Riverton Memorial Hospital for several years.
She is survived by her husband, Charles, of Riverton; son John David Brody of San Jose, Calif.; daughter Jennifer Ann Brody Buehler and her husband Stan Buehler of Aurora, Colo.; grandchildren Michael Buehler and his wife Danielle, Lauren Anderson and her husband Ryan, Christopher Buehler and Joshua Buehler; great-granddaughters Anne and Samantha Buehler; and sisters Annabelle Gergely Keith and Claradell Gergely Shedd.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Grace Gergely.
Memorials may be made to Help for Health Hospice or the Cancer Society in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.