Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Ethel Berry Smith, age 85, resident of Uniontown, Kansas, died Sunday, December 2, 2007, at her home. She was born January 8, 1922, in Fort Scott, the daughter of James Lesley Berry and Jenny Bell Sales Berry. Ethel graduated from Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Community College. She married Glenn Smith on April 28, 1946 in Uniontown, Kansas. They were the first couple married in the Uniontown Methodist church. Ethel taught in one room schools in the Pawnee and Hiattville area while Glenn was in the service stationed in the Philippines and Japan. Glenn bought the white silk for her wedding dress while stationed in Japan. Ethel was a member of the Uniontown United Methodist Church where she served as church janitor for many years. She also served many years as church nursery teacher. She was active in the church United Methodist Women and the Hiattville Order Eastern Star Chapter NO. 369. She and Glenn received their 50 year pins recently. Ethel enjoyed Chapter work and was appointed as page to the Grand Chapter. After her children were out of high school, Ethel worked for the Postal Service. She began as clerk in the Fort Scott Post Office and later served as the Acting Postmaster at Uniontown. Her greatest joys were spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn of the home; one daughter, Glenda Miller and husband Robert, Fort Scott; two sons, Charles Smith and wife Peggy, Middletown, New Jersey and Richard Smith and wife Nola, Redfield, Kansas. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her nine siblings; Earmil, Elizabeth, Edward, Ernest, Evans (Bob), Esther, Eugene (Bill), Edna and Eva.

Pastor Joel Dunn will conduct funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Saturday in the Uniontown United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Uniontown Cemetery with graveside services by the Hiattville Order Eastern Star. The family will receive friends from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Friday in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Uniontown United Methodist Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at