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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