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Adelma Mae Harris Smith 1894-1966


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 3/2/2012 at 23:40:52

Mrs. Smith Dies at 72
Mrs. Orlo (Adelma) Smith, 72, resident of Estherville for eight years, died yesterday at 11:28 a.m. at Holy Family Hospital.

Death was attributed to a heart attack. She was stricken Tuesday while at her church bazaar and was taken from there by ambulance to the hospital.

Adelma Mae Harris was born Dec. 5, 1894 [per cemetery records, 1893], at Moville, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Harris.

She received her education in the Moville schools and in 1911 moved to Paullina, where she later taught in rural schools there.

She was married May 1, 1917, to Orlo H. Smith at Paullina, and the couple farmed in that area until their retirement in 1958, when they moved to Estherville.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Paullina Eastern Star, Bethel Shrine No. 19, Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Methodist Church. W.S.C.S., the Alpha Club, and the Estherville Woman’s Club.

She served as past worthy matron of the Eastern Star in Paullina and was past worthy high priestess of the local White Shrine.

Mrs. Smith survived by two sons, Merrill of Jackson, Minn.; eight grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Clarence Smith of Estherville; two brothers, William Harris of Paullina and Everett, who lives in Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Family rites are to be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at First Methodist Church, followed by 3 p.m. public services, Rev. C.R. Buckwalter officiating. Burial will be in East Side Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Reese-Henry Funeral Home after 6 pm. today until 10 a.m. Saturday when the body will be taken to the church. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, November 11, 1966)


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