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Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday, December 8, 1932

OBITUARY ~ MARGARET ELIZABETH (PARKINS) SMITH

Margaret Elizabeth Parkins, daughter of Levi and Margaret Parkins, was born near Friendsville, Blount County, Tenn., May 14, 1851 and passed away at her home in Clearfield, Iowa. Nov. 20th, 1932, aged 81 years, 6 mos. and 6 days.

When about fifteen years old, she moved with her parents, sisters and brothers to Kokomo, Indiana, later moving to Marion, Indiana. About 1889 they moved to Crawfordvilie, Iowa, where she was married April 12, 1872,to Eli Smith of Xenia, Indiana, where Mr. Smith was a merchant.

To this union were born six children Anna and Jesse dying in infancy. They moved to Marion, Indiana, where they were on a farm for a short time. In 1876 they came to Iowa and resided briefly on a farm in Platte Valley neighborhood, going that same year to Creston, Iowa, where Mr. Smith was again employed in a store. He passed away in 1882, leaving his wife and four small children. Mrs. Smith has been to these children an ideal mother. In her early girlhood, she experienced life in the Civil War zone, and tasted many hardships.

In later years, while making a livelihood for her children, she cheerfully carried her burdens, and encouraged all who knew her. She not only made a home for her own, but was "mother" to others about her who appreciate love and care for them and the home privileges which she gave them.

She spent a year or so with her parents in Platte Valley, on a farm, and in the early eighties came to Clearfield, where she has since resided, a loved and respected resident.

She was raised in the Quaker faith, and became a member of the Friends' church after moving to Indiana, later becoming a member of the Clearfield United Presbyterian Church. She lived a beautiful Christian life, and, during the many years of illness, was always patient and cheerful, kind and loving, and solicitous of the welfare of her family and hers.

She leaves to mourn her loss two daughters, Eva and Mattie, who have cared for her during her illness, Eva being almost constantly with her during the past year or more; two sons, Clyde of Mount Ayr, and Clark of Tarkio, Missouri, and their wives, May and Mellie, to whom she has been a real mother; three sisters, Mrs. Emma Ferguson of Fort Morgan, Colorado; Mrs. Mary Swope of Clearfield; and Mrs. Josie Montville of Pipestone, Minnesota; two brothers, D. L. Parkins of Clearfield and William Parkins of Southern California; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held in the United Presbyterian church on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 22, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. B. Hutchman. Rev. J. C. Turner, pastor of the Methodist church, was present and assisted in the service. The interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, December of 2011

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