Funeral services were held Tuesday Nov. 25 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee, with Rev. Magrey deVega officiating. Burial was in the Afton Township Cemetery, rural Cherokee. Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Letha was born Sept. 10, 1918 in rural Peterson, to Ira S. and Iva E. (Stier) Small. She attended Brooke Consolidated Schools, and was married to George A. Smith on Dec. 31, 1938 at Elkton, S.D. Letha lived in Afton Township from the time she was 20 years old, and she and her husband farmed and raised her family on the family farm until she entered Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in April of 1998.
Letha was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church for over 60 years. She was a member of the WSCS and the Church Circle, the Women's Relief Corp, the Degree of Honor, TOPS and KOPS, Afton Community Club and the Cherokee Flying Club. She enjoyed collecting dolls, taking pictures and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her father Ira in 1966; her mother Iva Small in 1992; her husband George in 1988; her son Floyd "Swede" Smith in 1997; a step -great -grandson Andrew "Andy" Berge; a sister and brother-in-law, Iola and Maynard V. Ross; a brother, Harold "Bud" Small; and a brother-in-law, Lowell "Butch" Willis.
She is survived by six children: Bonnie J. (Klumpp) Lewis and her husband Gary of Aurelia; Ruby R. Johnson and her husband Larry of Cherokee; Edward Smith and his wife Patty of Cherokee; Doris Grashoff and her husband Rusty of Cherokee; Roberta Radke and her husband Dennis of Alta; John Smith and his wife Lynette Smith of Cherokee; a daughter-in-law Carlen Smith of Storm Lake; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren; one sister and two brothers, Gladys Willis of Yuba City, Calif, Donald Small and his wife Virginia of Nashville, Tenn., and Larry Small and his wife Wilma of Spirit Lake; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Small of Sioux Rapids; and May Lou Scholl of Donna, Texas; also many other relatives and friends.