EDNA L. SMITH
Edna L. (Mrs. Horace) Smith, age 97 of Kansas City, MO and formerly of Waterville, MN and Wessington Springs, SD passed away on Monday, June 13, 2011 at North Kansas City Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault, MN on Friday, June 17 at 11:30 AM. Visitation on Thursday, June 16th from 5:30 to 6 p.m. A memorial service is being planned at Bethel United Church of Christ in Kansas City at a later date.
Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.
Edna Lucille, the daughter of Charles H. and Anna (Lightfield) Morris, was born April 21, 1914 in Alden, Minnesota. She was valedictorian of Waterville High School, class of 1931. After obtaining a teaching certificate from Mankato State Teachers College, she taught in country schools near Waterville. In 1939, Edna married Rev Horace J. Smith. Working together they served churches in Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Edna held leadership roles in Woman's Fellowship and Christian Education at the local, association, and state conference levels. Widowed at 58 years, she started another career as a nurse's aide at Wessington Springs Memorial Hospital. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed her flowers. Proudly, Edna watched her two daughters and granddaughter follow her into the education profession and her two grandsons into the ministry.
She is survived by two daughters, Diane (David) England of Kansas City and Christine Tofflemire of Kansas City; three grandchildren, Amy England, Alan and Brian Tofflemire; four great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Gretta May Marks of Jennison, Michigan, Gene (Helen) Morris of Morristown, Bob (Jan) Morris of Waterville, Betty (Bernard) Schwanke of Morristown and Shirley Loeffler (Bob) of Pennock.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Horace, a sister, Ella Boldon and two brothers, Fred and Alfred Morris.
Name: Susan (Dean) Arnott
Date: Wednesday February 15, 2012
Diane and Christine, I just found this site which is why I am just now writing to you. We were looking for information about your mother for our PEO records and of course the first thing to do was to google her name - which led me to this site. Your mom was a member of PEO Chapter D in Wessington Springs. I was a teenager when your parents moved into the parsonage next door to our family home and she became a friend to my mom. What a dignified and lovely lady she was. Your dad died around the time I was married in 1972 so he was unable to officiate at the wedding. Then your mom must have made the decision to make her permanent home in Wessington Springs and she was an active part of the community. As a Hospice volunteer, your mom was a support to me when I came home to care for my mother in her last weeks of life in 1988. I remember singing at your wedding, Christine. I even remember what I sang. Now I read that both your sons have followed in their grandfather's footsteps as pastors. How wonderful. Diane, I remember you visiting often with your adorable little blond, curly-haired girl. What is she up to now? My sympathy to you both and your families. I'm sure you made your mom's last years happy by bringing her to be near family. What a blessing.
Name: Ted Powell
Date: Thursday June 23, 2011
Jennifer and I were members of Templeton in Wessington Springs and we had such great memories of Edna. She always remembered us with a card or spoke with us, Even singing in the "town church" choir while I was the organist and choir director for a short period of time. She was a remarkable woman! We just happened to be at Templeton last Sunday when the announcement of her passing was met with genuine concern and sympathy. I hope that you will be comforted by all the great memories that you have of Edna. Ted and Jennifer Powell Yankton South Dakota
Name: Bob n Janet Morris
Date: Tuesday June 14, 2011
Auntie Edna was a great host for the young of heart. Teenagers we were and there were times lets go to South Dakota and visit my Auntie. We would take our car and sometimes would take Grandma Morris along. We would stop at the Minnesota/ South Dakota and have the girls walk across the state line. This was a standing joke among the group as we didn't want to be caught kidnapping the girls. While there we would visit her gardens and flowers around the house. Good memories and I still remember Auntie visiting Grandma Morris with a young baby girl and my job was to rock the baby to sleep...won't mention the name of the young lady. Our loving memory, Bob n Janet