Martha Cutter Smith 1905 - 2014 Vinland, KS
Martha Cutter (Kelley) Smith, age 108, of Vinland, Kansas, died January 24, 2014, at Brandon Woods Nursing Home. Lawrence, Kansas. She was born September 15, 1905, in the Coal Creek District of Douglas County, Kansas, the daughter of George Kelley and Kate (Soule) Kelley.
Martha grew up in the Coal Creek District of Douglas County and graduated from #39 Coal Creek Grade School. She then graduated from Vinland Rural High School with the class of 1924.
After graduation she worked two years at the Lawrence Public Library. After that she returned to help farm on the family farm for the next seventeen years since her father had no sons. While doing this she helped out at the Coal Creek Library in Vinland as a Librarian. She continued to volunteer for the remainder of her life at the Coal Creek Library as long as she was able. In 2002 she was honored at an Awards Banquet as the oldest female worker in the State of Kansas.
She was a member of the Vinland Extension Homemakers Unit and a former member of the Vinland Presbyterian Church and its women’s group until it disbanded. From that time on she was a member of the Vinland Methodist Church of which she was still a member.
On October 16, 1943 Martha was united in marriage to Cecil C. Smith in Baldwin City, Kansas. Cecil preceded her in death on April 16, 1988.
Martha is also preceded in death by her son, Edwin Smith, who passed away Nov 14, 2012.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Mrs. Smith will be Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Baldwin City, Kansas. Graveside funeral services will be Friday, January 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Vinland Cemetery. A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made out to the Vinland United Methodist Church Mission Fund or Coal Creek Library. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com
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