Fern I. Smith, 101, Vandalia

Fern I. Smith, 101, of rural Vandalia, died at 2:50 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.

Graveside services were to be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at McInturff Cemetery in Hagarstown, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Visitation was to be held from 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials: Fair Oaks Nursing Home activities department.

Mrs. Smith was born on July 18, 1907, in Seminary Township, Fayette County, the daughter of Burleigh and Mildred Russell Bone. She married Leo Smith on Dec. 24, 1924, in Vandalia; he died on July 18, 1978.

She grew up in Seminary Township in Fayette County. After their marriage, she and her husband lived in Pocahontas until 1941, when they moved to Wisetown. They moved in 1953 to Greenville, where they owned and operated a Massey Ferguson farm implement dealership. They moved back to rural Vandalia in 1970 and farmed. She was a former member of Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Carthill Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Doris and her husband Lloyd Sugg of Smithboro; son, Melvin L. Smith of Mulberry Grove; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Bessie Colburn, Lois Alton and Edith Cripe; and a brother, Orville Bone.

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