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Linn County News

Published Dec. 28, 2016


Kathryn Smith, age 82, Blue Mound, Kan., passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at Mercy Health Center, Fort Scott. She was born on Jan. 19, 1934, at Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Andrew Asel and Carrie Knisely Newman.

She graduated from La Cygne High School. She then attended Pittsburg State Teachers College, receiving a bachelor’s in elementary educations. She then taught at Elsmore, Kan., for one year. 

Kathyrn married Melvin Smith on May 25, 1956, at Jingo, Kan. She became a homemaker and farm wife until returning to teaching in Pleasanton, Kan., for 17 years, retiring in 1994.

She was a member of the Blue Mound Federated Church, Lady Lions, Lend a Hand Club, charter member of the Busy Workers 4H Club, Lucky Ridgers 4H leader, and was the first Linn County Fair Queen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Melvin, and sister Rozella Lewis.

Kathryn is survived by two sons, Melvin Richard Smith and Michael Smith and wife Kara; daughters Malinda Conley and husband Stephen, Marilyn Duggins, and Myrna Golden and husband Greg; nine grandchildren, Stephanie, Katelyn and Pamella Conley, Meghan Duggins, Christopher Duggins and wife Kimberly, Angela McKenna, Alysha Wilson, Kodie Smith and Sara Golden; and four great-grandchildren, Kiya Smith, Kieran Houlihan, Kolin Houlihan and Jax Wilson.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at the Blue Mound Federated Church. Burial will be in the Sunny Slope Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory Mound City Chapel.

Contributions are suggested to the Blue Mound Federated Church. Online condolences for the family may be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.


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