Peggy J. Smith

OLATHE — Peggy J. Smith, 84, formerly of Chetopa, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Evergreen Hospice Care in Olathe. 

Peggy June Thompson was born on March 9, 1936, to Charles Arthur and Mabel Olive (Logan) Thompson in Treece. As a young girl, she grew up and attended school in the Melrose area.  She graduated from Columbus High School in 1954.

On Sept. 6, 1953, she was united in marriage to James R. “Jim Bob” Smith in Baxter Springs. Following their marriage, they lived in Chetopa for several years until moving to Kansas City, Kansas, in 1962. In 1976, they moved to Beaumont, Texas, and later Seguin, Texas. The couple lived in Kansas City from 1985 to 2013, during which time Peggy worked at the Lenexa Kmart. Following their retirement, they returned to Chetopa. Peggy moved to the Kansas City area to be closer to her children after Jim Bob passed away on Oct. 17, 2014.

She was a member of Assembly of God Church in Kansas City and the Community Bible Church in Chetopa. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family. Peggy also enjoyed macramé, making stained glass and growing flowers and loved collecting dolls and angel statues.

Survivors include a son, James Smith and his wife, Rose, of Paola; a daughter, Cheryle Hansen and her husband, Doug, of Kansas City, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Krystal Hardman, Mike Smith, Melissa Noernberg, Calie Smith, Jamie Martin, Cassie Joly and Tyler Hansen; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joan Schultz of Vinita, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. “Jim Bob” Smith; two brothers, Freddie Thompson and Charles Thompson; and three sisters, Barbara Richardson, Mamie Robinette and Twyla Hawkins.

There will be a private family service Saturday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will follow at Oakhill Cemetery in Chetopa. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Amish Community School and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.

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