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Obituary for Edith A. Smither
EDITH A. SMITHER, 94, of 1002 N. Bluff, Albany, IL, died Monday, December 31, 2007 at her home. Edith was born July 6, 1913 in Cedar Rapids, IA to David and Mabel (Briggs) Swift. She was educated in the Clinton grade schools and graduated from Clinton High School in 1932. She married Charles Carter in 1939. He died July 15, 1939. She then married Walter Smither on September 20, 1940 in Unionville, IA. He died November 18, 1986. In her early years, Edith was a member of her family"s professional high diving troupe, performing benefits for veterans, as well as audiences throughout the United States and Canada. She was a past member of the Baptist Church in Clinton, IA and was a current member of the Albany United Methodist Church in Albany, IL. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club and a past member of the Moose Club in Clinton, IA. She was an avid swimmer all her life. Edith enjoyed fishing, knitting, traveling, especially by train, bingo, baking sweets, but most of all she enjoyed her family and all the little children for which she babysat. She was best known by most people as "Grandma". Survivors include two daughters, Mabel Jean (Mrs. Charles) McSparin of Morrison and Leslie (Mrs. Robert) Merema of Fulton; a son, Robert (Denise) Smither of Albany, IL; seven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; five step grandchildren; eleven step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both husbands, Charles and Walter; one son, David Smither; one granddaughter, Shirley Lopez; and two great grandsons, Michael Butt and Dylan Smither.
FUNERAL SERVICE 10:30 AM Friday, January 04, 2008 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral HomeOFFICIATING Pastor Rita Wolf - Brethren in Christ Church VISITATION 4:00 PM " 7:00 PM Thursday, January 03, 2008 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral HomePRIVATE FAMILY INTERMENT Rock Island National Cemetery " Rock Island, IL