Smith, Catherine

Written by David Green.

Catherine M. Smith, 95, of Fayette, Ohio, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at the Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold, Ohio.

She was born April 17, 1915, in Fulton County, Ohio, to the late H. Earl and Ruth (Hoffman) Roth. Catherine married Staten Smith on March 3, 1934, divorced in 1974, and remained friends until his death.

Catherine and her family moved to Lenawee County, Mich., when she was young and she attended Ontario grade school. She graduated in 1932 from Morenci High School. She was employed by Morenci Rubber Products for 31 years.

Catherine was very active in community affairs, serving two terms on the Fayette Village Council, eight years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Pleasant View Union Cemetery, and was a faithful supporter of the Fayette Opera House. She was a member of the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples, where she served as a Sunday school secretary for many years. Catherine was a 50-year member of Fulton Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #67, where she held numerous offices, including Past Matron, Grand Representative of Indiana, and Chapter Secretary.

Survivors include her son, Dean (and Linda) Smith of Lakeland, Fla.; son-in-law Paul Lewis of Otis, Ore.; sister, Marjorie Jeffrey of California; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Catherine was preceded in death by her daughter, Helen Lewis; four brothers, Franklin, John, Karle and Donald Roth; and a sister, Anita Shambarger.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Rev. Gene Sugg officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled Monday evening beginning at 5 p.m. and concluding with a service conducted by the Fulton Chapter O.E.S. #67 at 7:30 p.m. Visitation is also planned one hour preceding the funeral service on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples, the Fayette Opera House, or to the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.

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