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Smith, Esther Ellen (Jennings) 1880 - 1922


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 7/7/2020 at 17:01:38

Elkader Register, Thur., 14 Nov. 1922. Volga column.

Word came Friday that Mrs. Herbert Smith had passed away at Oakdale. Mrs. Smith had been in failing health for some time but friends still hoped that something might be done to help her. The sorrowing husband and son, the aged father and other relatives have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

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Elkader Register, Thur., 21 Dec. 1922. Volga City column.

Esther Ellen Jennings was born on the "Old Jennings Farm" August 14, 1880, and passed to the Great Beyond December 8, 1922.

She grew to young womanhood on the old homestead, receiving her early education in the rural school. She attended the local high school for one year, the high school at Strawberry Point for one year, Upper Iowa University for two years and Leander Clark College at Toledo, Iowa, for one year. She taught school for some time in South Dakota and also the home school for several terms.

On February 18, 1908, she was married to Herbert H. Smith. These young people went to Stamford, South Dakota, where Herbert had a claim and lived there for two years. They then returned to Volga which has been their home since that time.

One child, Richard, was born to them on October 10, 1910, at Volga, Iowa.

In her early childhood she learned the pleasure and joy of knowing the Savior. She affiliated with the United Brethern Church at Wadena and later transferred her membership to the Methodist Church at Volga. She was always interested and active in the affairs of the church and all its work, but her chief pleasure seemed to be in the Sunday School, of which organization she was secretary for several years. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Charity Chapter 152 of Elkader.

In her life in the community she was willing to do whatever she could whenever help or assistance was necessary. The greatest thing in life is giving, and this motive prompted her acts of Kindness.

In her home life she was cheerful, helpful, kind and loving. Home life to her was the center of her thought and attention and chief delight.

For several weeks her health was not of the best and she finally sought relief at the Sanitarium in Oakdale. Her condition proved more serious than at first believed and was more than her physical being could eliminate. She passed to the Great Beyond on December 8, 1922.

Besides her husband, Herbert, and son, Richard, there remains her father, J. M. Jennings, and three brothers, Henry at Volga, Walter of Carr_ls, Washington, and Sam of Wyoming, and other relatives and hosts of friends. to mourn the loss.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church with the pastor, H. A. Crumb, in charge of the services.

We join with the people of the entire community in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

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