Obituary : Arvilla Maneval

Arwilla Smith

Arwilla Smith, daughter of John L. Maneval and Susanna Grosemuller Maneval, was born Feburary 18, 1871, at Williamsport, Pennsylvania and lived there with her parents during her early childhood. The family moved to Kansas in 1878 and established their home in Centralia. With her brothers and sisters she attended the Centralia schools. Graduating in 1889 as valedictorian of her class, she taught schools in Nemaha county for 12 years. She was a member of the Congregational Church in Centralia. Arwilla was married to Walter J. Smith May 25, 1889. Walter was a farmer and they lived in the country several years, later moving into Centralia where they resided seven years before moving to Salina, Kansas. They returned to Centralia January 1, 1950. After her husband's death on September 16, 1951 she made her home at Rest Homes among pleasant surroundings, located where she could enjoy visits from relatives and friends. She passed away in the White Rest Home in Wetmore, April 16, 1969. She leaves several nieces and nephews and many friends. The funeral service was held at the Congregational Church, Centralia, Friday, April 18, with burial in the Centralia cemetery. The casketbearers were Emet Hightower, Glen Johnson, Frank Poore, Ray Blair, Earl Roberts and David Ayers.
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