Edna Alice Smith, 89, of Cole Camp, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Good Samaritan Care Center, Cole Camp. She was born on Sept. 18, 1923, at LaJunta, Colo., a daughter of Glenn E. and Delia Alice (Braden) Denton.
When she was three months old, the family moved to Windsor, where she spent her childhood. In 1939, she was baptized in Flat Creek near Windsor. During high school she earned many sharpshooting awards and in May of 1941 graduated from Windsor High School.
On Sept. 18, 1941, in Windsor, she was united in marriage to Glenn Lee Smith. After their marriage, the couple lived in Windsor and she worked for the shoe factory there. While her husband was in the US Navy, she moved to Washington and San Diego, Calif., to be close to him. After the war ended and her husband was discharged from the service, they moved back to Windsor and she worked at International Shoe Factory. In the early 1960s, she worked as a switch board operator and milked cows on the farm close to town.
In 1962, they moved to Independence, where she worked for Borden Company for three years and attended Business College. In May of 1968, they moved to their farm south of Cole Camp near Mt. Hulda. On Nov. 23, 1968, she was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp by Pastor Loren Krout. She was a member of the Mt. Hulda Lutheran Church, rural Cole Camp, and belonged to the Ladies Aid. For two years, she worked for Paul Holtzen at MFA Insurance in Cole Camp.
She retired in the early 1990s, after 20 years of quilting at Smithson Manufacturing in Stover. For the next three summers, she and Glenn were grounds keepers at Heit’s Point of rural Lincoln. She and Glenn spent twelve years wintering in Arizona, where she learned the art of making stained glass, basket weaving, and clogging. She enjoyed reading and quilting.
She is survived by: two daughters, Alice Byerley and her husband Bob of Lee’s Summit and Deborah Eckhoff and her husband Rodger of Cole Camp; one son, Glenn L. Smith II and his wife Carolyn of Lee’s Summit; seven grandchildren, Randa, Kevin, Krista, Heather, Leslie, Brian and Aaron; and15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn on Aug. 24, 2004, her parents, Glenn and Delia Denton, her son, Gary Lee Smith, her step-sister, Annetta Carter, and her step-brother, Charles Carter.
Funeral services will were held Dec. 4 at Mt. Hulda Lutheran Church, rural Cole Camp, with Pastor Allen Braun officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hulda Lutheran Cemetery, rural Cole Camp.
Pallbearers were Kevin Smith, Brian Smith, Aaron Smith, Curt Thompson, Ron Poe, Ryan Oelrichs and Andrew Hesse.
The family suggested memorial contributions be given to Mt. Hulda Lutheran Church or the Lutheran School Association in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.