- Ada, Oklahoma

January 14, 2013

Edith Smith

The Ada News

Ada —

Services for Edith Loraine Christy Smith, 97, Ada, are 2 p.m. Monday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, with Floyd Kaiser and Bobby Johns officiating. Burial follows at Rosedale Cemetery. 

Mrs. Smith died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at her home. She was born March 14, 1915, at Cincinnati, Ohio,  to Cecil and Roxie Singleton Christy. After high school graduation and taking care of children in private homes for several years she went into nursing school and graduated as a registered nurse in 1944. She joined the Army Nurse Corps and requested Pacific Theatre duty. 

She worked at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., then went to the Philippines and then to Japan. After the peace treaty was signed, she processed prisioners of war (POW), then set up the 42nd General Hospital in Tokyo for American service men. She served from 1945 to 1946.  After service she came to Valley View Hospital and worked there until 1974, except for a short stint at the glass plant as plant nurse. She was an active member of Oklahoma Farm Bureau since the 1950s. In November 201,  she was awarded the first ever Lifetime Legacy Award for her service in the Farm Bureau. She was a member of Southwest Church of Christ.

She married Artie J. Smith on March 18, 1950. He preceded her in death on April 2, 1999.

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Norma and Alice Christy, and many nieces, nephews and cousins, including Barbara and Bill Morgan of Ada; her caregivers; and two nephews she helped raise, Greg Yell, Edmond, and Bob Yelle, Tulsa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Artie J. Smith; brother and sister-in-law, James and Dymple Coffey; father, Cecil Christy; mother, Roxie Christy; brothers, James Leroy, Delbert, Paul and Kenneth; and sisters, Beulah, Alta and Alma.

Bearers are David Hendricks, Wendell Sherrell, Alan Simpson, Tommy Myers, Larry Darbison and Gene Albright.  Honorary bearers are Eugene Cannon, Jim Begin and her friends in the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Helen Denslow, Janet Gibson, Mildred West, Shirley Walls and Shirley Barrett.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "In Search of the Lord's Way" or Haitian orphanage through Southwest Church of Christ.

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Criswell Funeral Home, Ada