The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 24, 2013

Frances E. Smith

Published 3-24-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID — The service for Frances E. Smith, 93, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Cherokee First Baptist Church, with Pastor Tom Cooksey officiating. A private family graveside service will precede the memorial service. Arrangements are under the direction of Goodwin Funeral Home, Cherokee. Viewing at the funeral home will be from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 6-7:30 p.m.

Frances was born April 21, 1919, to Albert and Irene Lois Marzolf Litton in Glen Elder, Kan. They moved to the new state of Oklahoma in 1921, near Clear Lake, west of Laverne.

In 1922, she accepted Christ and joined First Baptist Church of Buffalo, Okla.

She finished high school in Cherokee, where her father was employed as a surveyor for the new highway through Cherokee.

She and Elmedge Smith were married Oct. 12, 1938. They were married for 69 years, and were the parents of two children, Bari and Monty.

Frances was a farm wife, but worked in the community at different jobs. AEC was her longest employment.

She was an excellent homemaker. Her major contribution to her community was her service to her family. Her greatest joy in homemaking was sewing. She made many quilts for family members. Each of them is treasured. Her home was made beautiful because of her heart of love.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Bari and Bob Meyer; son and daughter-in-law, Monty and Sheron Smith; Bob and Bari’s girls, Dana and Michael Bertino and Bobbi and Joe Tripp; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Tannin, Ian and Anna Bertino and Kent, James and Rhett Tripp; Monty and Sheron’s daughters, Tonja and Tony Tucker, Seneca West and Moriah and Roger Pearce; five great-grandchildren, Shanely, Harley, Checotay, Jakota and Meridian and two great-great-grandchildren, Arron and Alec.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister and four brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Cherokee First Baptist Church Youth Group.

(Submitted by family)