Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY ~ BERTHA SMITH
Bertha JENNINGS SMITH, daughter of Thomas J. and Emma ANDERSON JENNINGS, was born Jan. 2, 1899 near Alanthus Grove, Mo.,
and departed this life June 22, 1987 at Blockton, Iowa.
At an early age she was united with the Church of Christ at Alanthus
Grove and continued faithful to that belief through the last Sunday of her life with her membership transferred to the
Blockton church at her marriage.
She was in her third year at N.W. Mo. State Normal College, Maryville, Mo., now
Northwest Missouri State University, when on Jan. 20, 1918 she was united in marriage to Samuel J. SMITH, and they
moved to a farm southeast of Blockton, where they resided until 1975 when they moved into Blockton.
She was preceded in
death by her parents, who died at an early age, and two aunts, who cared for her after the death of her parents.
survived by her husband of 69 years; a daughter, Maxine KEAN of West Des Moines; a daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and
Edward HILT, an a son and daughter-in-law, paul and Frances SMITH, all of Blockton; grandchildren, Marcia ALLEN and
Kenneth SMITH, and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held June 24, 1987 from the Tent Chapel Church at
Blockton, Iowa, conducted by Ralph PIERCE. Music was provided by Dean SHOWEN, Norma SHOWEN, Alishia SHOWEN and Marvin
Casketbearers were Dean COBB, Lyle CAVIN, Charles COBB, Everett KING, Louis CLAYTON and Charles SHIELDS,
Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Roy DILLON, Steve AMRINE, Duane MILLER, George HILLERS and Earl Van PATTEN.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Blockton.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012
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