The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1928
OBITUARY - MRS. SARAH E. SMITH.
Sarah E. DETER, daughter of Aaron and Mary Ann DETER, was born June 18, 1849, in Piatt county, Illinois, and
departed this life April 1, 1928, at the home of her son, C. C. SMITH, southeast of Benton, at the age of 78
years, nine months and 12 days.
In January, 1867, she was united in marriage to B. W. SMITH, who preceded
her in death April 25th 1917. To this union were born eight children, four of which preceded her in death.
The four living are Mrs. Albert BOYER and E. B. SMITH, both of Monticello, Ill.; C. C. SMITH, of Benton, Iowa;
and Mrs. Pearl GERMAN, of Cummings, Iowa. Besides those of the immediate family left to mourn the loss of
this grand and noble mother are sixteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, one brother and one
When a young girl she united with the Brothern (sic) church and later in life joined the Church of
Christ of which she has always been a faithful christian and a help to anyone in need and helpful in every
christian way that was open to her.
The funeral was held at the home of her son, C. C. SMITH, conducted by
Rev. T. S. RHOADES. Burial was made beside her husband at Clearfield.CARD OF THANKS.
For the many acts of kindness and sympathy expressed by friends and neighbors during the illness and on the occasion
of the death and funeral of our mother we are profoundly grateful.
- THE CHILDREN.
NOTE: Sarah's husband Benjamin W. SMITH was born November 21, 1838, and died April 25, 1917 with interment
at Clearfield Cemetery.
Charles C. SMITH, son of Sarah E. (DETER) and Benjamin W. SMITH,
was born August 21, 1881, and died on November 1, 1955, with interment at Clearfield Cemetery.
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