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September 23rd, 2023

lila smithELKHART – Lila Marilyn Smith, 89, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at the Stevens County Hospital in Hugoton. 

She was born Jan. 22, 1933 to Walter and Eva (Waddell) Jahde. 

She married Kenneth (Ken) Smith May 22, 1953. He preceded her in death in 2006.

She graduated from Le Mars High School in 1951. She then attended Bethany Nazarene College.

She provided loving care for many children at her daycare and stayed in touch with them as much as possible as they grew up. 

Survivors include son, Kenneth Randall (Randy) Smith and wife, Debbie, Rolla; daughters, Kenetha René Higgins and husband, Tim, Elkhart, and Rhonda Smith, Elkhart; grandchildren, Jeremiah Eugene and Christopher Loyd; six great-grandchildren: Tenlee Jene, Oaklee Marie, Piper Cheyenne, Miles Eugene, Kylee Nacole and Knox Owen; and Hayden Lee Slief and his parents, Roger and Susan, Pratt. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Lois Enoch and Myrna Herrick.

• Per Lila’s wishes, a private family burial took place at the Elkhart Cemetery. 

The family requests memorials be given to the Lila Smith Memorial Fund, which will be used to establish an education fund for her great-grandchildren, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950. 

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