SMITH, Ella 1875-1934
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/8/2016 at 13:03:13
Rites For Mrs. Isaac Smith Held Sunday Afternoon
Body Arrived From Miami, Florida, Thursday Morning. The Family After 1800 Mile Drive Reach Here Friday
Funeral services for Mrs. Isaac T. Smith, who died at Miami, Florida, a week ago last Friday, were held at the home in Grundy Center Sunday afternoon and later at the Baptist church with the local pastor, Rev. A. G. Annette, officiating. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.
Mrs. Smith's body arrived in Grundy Center by train early Thursday morning. Members of her family who were in Florida and who returned by automobile did not reach here until Friday evening.
Operate For Peritonitis
Mr. and Mrs. Smith and two daughters arrive at Miami on Saturday, Dec. 8th. Mrs. Smith was taken sick the following Monday. She was given immediate medical attention, but her condition failed to improve. On Wednesday she was taken to Riverside hospital in Miami for examination. Shortly after she submitted to a major operation for peritonitis. Her condition following the operation was very critical, although she remained in a conscious state almost up to the end.
Mrs. Ella Mae Smith, nee Bettinger, was born at Clinton, Iowa, Feb. 12, 1875. She parted this life at Miami, Fla., Dec. 14, 1934, at 2 p.m. at the age of 59 years, 10 months, 2 days.
She was united in marriage to Isaac T. Smith Dec. 14, 1894. To this union seven children were born, four daughters and three sons, all living.
Twenty-five years of her wedded life were spent on a farm near Grundy Center. The last 15 years in the town of Grundy Center. Mrs. Smith was always a very active person with the exception of the past few years during which her health has not been of the best, although her condition has not been considered serious at any time. Mr. and Mrs. Smith with their two youngest daughters have spent eight winters in southern states in an effort to benefit Mrs. Smith's health.
Those left to mourn her departure are her husband, Isaac Smith, four daughters and three sons: Lowell T. Smith, Lincoln, Ia., Fred T. and Brodie T. Smith, Grundy Center, Mrs. Clarence Runft, Reinbeck, Mrs. Dolan Allen, and Misses Evelyn and Twyla Smith, Grundy Center; six grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters, besides many friends, neighbors and acquaintances.
Forty-two years ago Mrs. Smith united with the First Baptist church at Henderson, Tennessee, at the age of 17 years. Later she transferred her membership to the Baptist church of this city. She lived a sincere Christian life and was loved and respected by all within the radius of her acquaintances. Her only earthly joy seemed to have been with home and family, which made her mission here one of the great importance, a most kind and loving wife and mother.
Relatives from a distance who were here for the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Bettinger, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bettinger and Wellington Bettinger from Round Lake, Minn.; Mrs. Will Smith, Lakefield, Minn.; Ray Smith, Lake Park, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Whitney, Cedar Falls; Mr. Glenn Bettinger, Russel Mason and Miss Lucille Laurence from Minneapolis; Mrs. John Simons, Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas and Mr. Charles Bettinger from Clinton, Iowa; Dr. and Mrs. Earl Smith of George, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Runft, Cedar Falls; Mr. and Mrs. John Runft, Reinbeck.
We shall miss thee a thousand times along Life's weary track,
Not a sorrow or a joy but we shall long to call thee back;
Yearn for thy true and tender heart, long for thy smile to see,
For many dear and true are left, but none are quite like thee.
Not upon us or ours the solemn angel hath evil wrought,
The funeral anthem is a glad evangel the good die not;
God calls our loved one, but we lost not wholly what He has given,
They live in thought and deed as truly as in Heaven.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 27 December 1934, pg 1, 10
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