Obituary : Elizabeth McDougal
Mrs. Oscar B. Smith
Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Matilda Stewart McDougal was born at Alton,
Illinois, Feb. 26, 1864. Her parents, with their family, came to Nemaha
County, Kansas in 1871, and homesteaded land south of Centralia, where they
lived for many years, their children attending district school. Elizabeth
became an active member of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints in
1879. She was married to Oscar B. Smith in 1889. The young couple soon
established a permanent home on a farm in the Eureka neighborhood. This home
was a happy well-ordered one, and their children were given wise, careful
guidance in plans for their future. In the early twenties Mr. and Mrs.
Smith, with their daughter, Fern, moved to the Centralia home. Lizzie Smith
had a truly wonderful personality -- was calm, wise, helpful, completely
unselfish, never complaining. She greeted each day confidently and
tranquilly, and met any difficulty bravely. She was interested in others,
happy in their success, and sympathizing in times of stress. She enjoyed
conversing with friends and was keenly interested in happenings throughout
the world. She was devoted to her family and dearly loved in return. About
nine years ago, Mrs. Smith's failing eyesight made it unwise to remain in her
home alone, and Miss Ida Perussel entered the home as manager and companion.
During these years she became a dear and valued friend of the entire family.
Mrs. Smith was happy with her, and much grieved when Ida's own illness caused
their separation. For the past eight months she was with her daughter, Fern,
who anticipated her every need, and at whose home she passed away on Nov. 29,
1954. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Fern Smith Jeanneret of Centralia,
her two sons, Walter R. Smith, Centralia, and Merle E. Smith of Manitou
Springs, Colorada; 15 grandchildren and 19 greatgrandchildren. Also
surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Brooks of Independence, Missouri, and
Mrs Jane Blankley of Marion, Kansas. Those from a distance attending the
service included Mr. and Mrs. Merl Smith and three of their children, Mr. and
Mrs. Donald Smith and son, Mrs. and Mrs. Robert Smith and three children, Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Smith and two children, Mrs. Betty Rudd, Mrs. Vivian Campbell
and two children from Manitou Springs, Colo.; Mrs. Jane Blankley and son, and
Mrs. Lawrence Blankely, from Marion, Kansas. Mrs. Agnes Brooks, Mrs. Viola
King, Mrs. and Mrs. Milton Thurston from Independence, Mo.; Mrs. and Mrs.
L.W. Chew, Louie Chew, Mr. and Mrs. William Smith of Atchison; Mr. and Mrs.
Marvin Pfiester and Beverly, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Beck of Corning; Mr. and Mrs.
Joe McDougal of Havensville; Vernie and Kenneth Thornton of Whiting; Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Labbe, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Robbins, Mrs. Jule Jeanneret and Mrs.
George Jeanneret, Onaga.
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