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Archive for Sunday, May 26, 2002

Selma Beth Smith

May 26, 2002

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She was born March 5, 1917, in Anthony, the daughter of Wood Grove and Mina Belle (Anderson) Kassens. She graduated in 1934 from Emporia High School and attended Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. She lived in Ottawa from 1949 to 1982, when she moved to Hutchinson.

Mrs. Smith was an office manager and secretary at Ottawa Junior High School from 1957 until she retired in 1982.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 15, Ottawa; the Keystone Queen Esther Sunday school class of Hutchinson First Baptist Church and a former member of the Mission Possible Sunday school class of the Ottawa First Baptist Church.

She married Charles Kenneth Smith on Aug. 9, 1938, in Emporia. He died Nov. 9, 1957.

Survivors include a son, Dennis L. Smith, Topeka; a daughter, Gayle Thomas, Hutchinson; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church or the American Diabetes Assn., sent in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson 67501.

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