Frances R. Smith, 85, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012, at her home in Girard, Kan. She was born March 9, 1926, in rural McCune, the daughter of Lester and Ruth (Neher) Bennett.
Frances graduated from McCune Rural High School in 1944. After graduating she went on to receive her teacher's certificate from Kansas State Teachers College. Frances married Allen Smith on May 11, 1947, in rural McCune. Frances worked numerous jobs that involved various skills such as being a homemaker, working on the farm, teaching and food service, to name a few.
She was a member of the Girard Bible Church and McCune Alumni Association. She was also active in the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta.
Survivors include one son, Luther Smith and wife Penny of rural Girard; three daughters, Carolan Wishall of Lenexa, Kan., June Alice Dussault and husband Leo of Tilton, N.H., and Jennifer Smith of Panama City, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Rachel Wishall Fairweather, Kayla Wishall, Sheldon, Nathan and Andy Smith, Allen and Austin Griffith, and Benjamin and Emma Dussault; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Marion and Wayne Bennett.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen, granddaughter Meghan Dianne Smith and one brother, James Bennett.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Girard Bible Church with Sheldon Smith officiating and Don Wymore assisting.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Friskel Funeral Home.
Private family burial will take place at Fort Scott National Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to "http://www.friskelfuneralhome.com."
Memorials may be made out to Girard Bible Church Missionary Fund and may be dropped off or mailed to Friskel Funeral Home, 230 E. McKay St., Frontenac, Kan., 66763.