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.