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OBITUARY - FRANSINA CODDINGTON SMITH

Francina (sic) CODDINGTON SMITH, eldest child of Charles and Damaris CODDINGTON, was born June 22, 1858, in the state of Indiana, and departed this life, April 6, 1938, at her home in Clearfield, after an illness of three days.

Her early life was spent in Indiana and Iowa. The first twelve years were spent in the former state. The family came to Iowa and settled west of what is now Diagonal, in a locality known as Goshen. She lived with her parents at this locality, until she was eighteen years of age, and all this time receiving very strict, and careful religious training.

On Nov. 8, 1876, she was united in marriage to Isaac SMITH. They made their home north-west of Clearfield, on a farm near the old Caplinger school house. While in this community, Mrs. SMITH confessed her Christ, and united with the church, which was held at the school house, two miles north of their home.

One child, Lucy Agnes, was born to this union, who died at the age of four months. Later, in 1896, Ralph Raymond was adopted and helped them complete their home.

About 1908, Mr. and Mrs. SMITH moved to town, because of Mr. SMITH's poor health. It was on Jan. 13, 1916 that he departed this life. Since that time Mrs. SMITH has lived alone.

From the day of her conversion over fifty years ago she has been an active, loyal and constant attendant and member of the Methodist church, being one of the charter members here at Clearfield. All these years, whenever her health permitted, she has attended Sunday School and church services, Ladies Aid, and Missionary meetings. She has certainly served the Master long and faithfully. The Church will miss her greatly.

She leaves to mourn her passing one son, Ralph Raymond, two brothers, Enoch of Grainland, Sack. Canada, and Norman of Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Three sisters, Mrs. Mattie STAHL, of Ellendale, N. Dak., Mary BENTLEY of Blockton, Iowa, and Melissa TALLEY of Eureka, Kansas. Also four grandsons, as well as a host of friends. Truly we will miss Fransina SMITH from our daily life.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist church on Friday afternoon. Her pastor, Rev. M. O. McKENZIE conducted the service. Interment was in Clearfield cemetery.

NOTE: Isaac F. SMITH was born June 7, 1848, Davis County, Iowa, and died at the age of 67 years, 7 months and 6 days on January 13, 1916, Clearfield, Iowa.

Ralph Raymond SMITH was born September 30, 1887, Parkersburg, Butler County, Iowa, and died in August of 1972, interment at Blockton Cemetery, Blockton, Taylor County, Iowa. Ralph married Millie B. BENTLEY (1890-1964; daughter of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" & Mary Etta (CODDINGTON) BENTLEY) on February 24, 1910, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Ralph and Millie were the parents of four children: Cecil Raymond SMITH; Ivan Edward SMITH (1924-1998); Lloyd Harold SMITH; and Leonard Ralph SMITH (1928-2003).

Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday, April 14, 1938

OBITUARY ~ SINA SMITH

Mrs. Sina Smith of Clearfield, passed away at her home Tuesday night, April 5. She had a stroke Monday night, after which she never regained consciousness. She was found lying on the floor by Mrs. Clem Ruby Tuesday morning. She was quite advanced in age and had not been strong for some time.

Funeral services was held at the Methodist church Friday, April 8, conducted by Rev. McKenzie. Burial was in the Clearfield cemetery.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2012

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