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SMITH, Lana 1861-1929


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/4/2015 at 08:38:04

Mrs. Ben Smith Died Early This Morning

Death Came to Her Relief This Morning; Funeral Sunday

Mrs. Ben Smith passed away at her home in this city at 6:15 o'clock this (Thursday) morning after an illness of about two months during which time everything possible was done for her, but without the much hoped for benefit.

Mrs. Smith was sixty-eight years of age last Feb. 22nd. She had been a resident of this county a great many years and was widely known and highly respected by everyone.

Besides her husband she leaves seven children and nine grandchildren, all of whom were at her bedside when the final summons came.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 2nd, from the home at 2 o'clock p.m. and from the Baptist church at 2:30. Burial will be in the Grundy Center cemetery.

Obituary next week.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 30 May 1929, pg 1


Mrs. Benjamin T. Smith

Mrs. Lana Smith, nee Bettenger, was born at Clinton, Iowa, February 22, 1861, departed this life May 30th, 1929, at 6:20 a.m. at the age of 68 years, 3 months and 8 days.

She was united in marriage to Benjamin T. Smith in the year of 1880. To this union eight children were born, four daughters and four sons. One son, Arba, preceded the mother in death in 1895.

Thirty-three years of their life was spent on a farm near Grundy Center and the last 15 years in the town of Grundy Center. Mrs. Smith was always a very active person and when once her health broke, she declined very rapidly in spite of the best the family and medical skill could do for her. Those left to mourn her departure are her husband, four daughters, Mrs. Minnie Fearer, Grundy Center; Mrs. Maude Springer, Strawberry Point; Mrs. Ella Goodell, Grundy Center; Mrs. Anna Klipping, Freeport, Ill.; three sons, Dr. Earl Smith, George, Iowa; Wilbur Smith, Morrison; John Smith, Steamboat Rock; five grandchildren; four sisters and three brothers, besides many friends, neighbors and acquaintances.

Fifty-three years ago Mrs. Smith united with the Baptist church at Clinton, Iowa, during which time she was very active in church work in the capacities of Sunday school superintendent for fourteen years, in the country near Grundy Center; for five years she was president of our local Baptist Ladies' Aid; she has also been active in the Missionary Society, taught the volunteers Bible Class in Sunday School; was president of the King's Daughters and active in the Woman's Relief Corps. This activity was also manifest in her home and in her relation to her family. She never spared herself in the interests of her home and children, being ever solicitous for their spiritual welfare; when she found herself slipping away, she told them that she would be waiting for them. Truly she will be greatly missed, but all of our memories of her will be a blessing. We know she is at rest with her Lord and her good works do follow her.

The funeral was conducted from the First Baptist church, Grundy Center, Rev. L. P. Cassel officiating. Mrs. Smith's favorite hymns were sung by Mrs. Hugh A. Willoughby and Mrs. W. D. Wilson as following: "When the Roll is Called up Yonder," "No Night There," and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." The congregation sang "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." Mrs. H. E. Morrison presided at the organ. Interment was at Grundy Center cemetery.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 6 June 1929, pg 6


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