Helen Smith, 99, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Parsons Presbyterian Manor.
Helen Elizabeth (Emert) Smith was born Dec. 3, 1919, south of Chetopa to Timothy and Marie (Hantz) Emert. She was the sixth of nine children.
She graduated from Independence High School and attended Independence Community College.
Her passions were her family, her church, bridge and golf.
She married Meade Smith on June 18, 1938, in Independence. He preceded her in death in 1987. They made their home in Neodesha when first married and lived in Wichita for several years before moving to Fredonia.
She is survived by her two children, Meade (Sonny) Smith Jr. of Fredonia and Janell (Smith) Carson (Mike) of Parsons; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia (Emert) Baker of Dennis; a sister-in-law, Betty (Smith) Plummer (Mark) of Phoenix, Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister; and six brothers.
She was a member of First Christian Church in Fredonia, WMB Club, CWF, Fredonia Golf Club and numerous bridge clubs.
She worked in the offices of General Portland cement company in Fredonia for many years and was very active in her church for over 60 years. She helped prepare countless dinners in the church kitchen, prepared communion symbols, worked in the church thrift shop and participated in many other church activities.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wickham Family Funeral Home in Fredonia.
A celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in Fredonia. Burial will follow at Fredonia City Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Fredonia Christian Church or Fredonia Education Foundation and may be left at the funeral home or mailed to Wickham Family Funeral Home, 510 N. Seventh, Fredonia, KS, 66736.