Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 14, 2002
OBITUARY - OLLIE "EDITH" ROBERTSON SMITH
Ollie Edith ROBERTSON was born November 3, 1908, to James Allen and Betsy (COX) ROBERTSON in Gentry county, Missouri, the
oldest of eight children. She departed this life February 3, 2002, and now resides with our heavenly father in perfect
health, along with her beloved husband Claude and eldest son Cleo.
Remaining behind celebrating her life are nine children, 26 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three
great-great-grandchildren. She was a member of Grant City Assembly of God Church.
Married January 3, 1927, Claude and Edith lived in Denver, Darlington, Grant City and The Nation, Missouri, raising 10
children along the way. Cleo, the oldest, died at the age of 14.
Redding, Iowa, became their permanent residence in 1963 with Edith remaining in Kansas City working as a salad dietician
at the St. Joseph and Research Hospitals. She remembered once preparing a meal for Harry S. TRUMAN while he was a patient
In 1968, Edith joined Claude in Redding and opened this home to their beloved grandchildren who always loved to visit …
sometimes for days and weeks at a time. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1976 and Claude was taken to the Lord
after a long bout with lung cancer that same year.
In 1980, Edith married her good friend Eddie SMITH and continued to live in Redding. They moved to Grant City and then to
Clearview Nursing Home, Mount Ayr in 1989 where Eddie died a few years later at the age of 91.
Edith enjoyed her life at Clearview Nursing Home and made many good friends during her 11 years there. Her eldest daughter
Mary Catherine was faithful in her visits spending each holiday with her, but all her children were very devoted to her.
Edith developed diabetes around 1980 but was able to live a healthy life despite the illness. She suffered a stroke
December 23, 2001, and journeyed to heaven 41 days later.
Missing her deeply, yet joyful her journey is complete, are her children: James W. ROBERTSON and wife Betty of Redding,
Mary DANIELS of Allendale, Missouri, Don and Annie ROBERTSON of Kansas City, Missouri, Gladys JONES of Redding, Rex
ROBERTSON and wife Freda of Kansas City, Kansas, Helen HARRIS and husband Bill of Allendale, Inez OVERBECK and husband
Larry of Mount Grove, Missouri, Max ROBERTSON and wife Linda of Grandview, Missouri and George ROBERTSON and wife Sandy
of Kansas City, Missouri.
Preceding her in death were brothers, Melvin and Clarence ROBERTSON; sisters, Delores CARLSON, Margaret SHIRLEY and Goldie
ROBERTSON; and sons-in-law, Jubal DANIELS and Wesley JONES. Surviving are a sister, Viola HOLCOMB of Torrington, Wyoming;
and a brother, Norwood ROBERTSON.
Helen writes "Mom was strict on getting the family together. She loved cooking for them. Outside of loving the Lord, her
family was her joy.
"When we were young, Mama kept us all in Sunday school and church. We had to walk about three miles to catch a ride with
the neighbors. We would walk back late at night after churchSunday night, Wednesday night and any other night there was
church. Mama was My Mother, My Mentor, My Friend. I Love You, Dearest Mama.
And Gladys wants you to know, "The Angel has a beautiful face."
Services were held Wednesday, February 6, 2002, at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri, with interment at
Miller Cemetery in Denver, Missouri, at Claude’s side. Casket bearers were her sons, J. W., Don, Rex, Max, George and
son-in-law Bill HARRIS.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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