July 13, 1926 – July 23, 2020

   Romona Claire Smith Bester, 94, passed away on July 23, 2020. At the time, she had been living with her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Don Sauer, in Brighton, Colorado.

   Romona was born on July 13, 1926, to Paul R. James and Leona (Anderson) James, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

   Romona was a longtime member of Colorado Springs First Church of the Nazarene. She was highly regarded for her musicianship as a piano accompanist. She was greatly appreciated for her engaging gifts of storytelling that nearly always turned on her self-deprecating humor.

   Romona is survived by her children: Linda Sauer (Don), Randy Smith (JaneAnn), Robert Smith, Tim Smith (Jeanell), and Mark Smith; as well as eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   A visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Shrine of Remembrance. A private graveside service will be held for family members only. A memorial service for friends and community will be announced at a later date.

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  1. I remember Romona as a fun loving, sweet lady that I went to church with at Eastborough Nazarene Church. Looking forward to seeing her again in God’s heaven.

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