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BERYL BLANCHE (SMITH) COTA
Source: "Hillsboro Argus", Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, February 4, 1997 edition
"Beryl B. Cota, 77, Vernonia, died Feb 1, 1997, at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro. Grave side services were this morning in Gales Creek Cemetery in Gales Creek. Vault interment in the cemetery followed. A reception was held at the Gales Creek Community Church.
Mrs. Cota was born April 17, 1919, in Gales Creek, a daughter of Oscar and Ora Lee Smith. She was raised in Gales Creek and attended Gales Creek and Jackson elementary schools. On April 17, 1937, she married Raymond Cota in Vancouver, Washington. They lived in Eugene. Her husband died in 1965. In 1990, she moved to Vancouver, where she lived until moving to Forest Grove to stay with a granddaughter.
Mrs. Cota was a homemaker and cared for several family members. She attended the Catholic Church. She enjoyed collecting pigs and had a collection of more than 300. She also enjoyed cooking, gardening, working outside in her yard and watching television, especially "E.R.".
Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn "Bunny" Simmons, Forest
a son and daughter-in-law, William "Bill" and Mary Cota, Vernonia; six
grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three
brothers and sisters-in-law, Sam and Ann Smith, Scapoose, Raymond and
Shirley Smith, Creswell, and
Ronald and Alice Smith, Vernonia; two sisters and a brother-in-law,
McDonald of Vernonia, and Retha Mae and Milo John, Sweet Home; and
nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers, two
sisters, and a grandchild.
GEORGE LEVI SMITH
Source: "Sheridan Press", Sheridan, Wyoming, February 7, 1946 edition, page 1, col 3 and page 7, col 3
"G.L. SMITH, FORMER MAYOR HERE, PASSES
George Levi Smith, 85, prominent Sheridan businessman and resident of the city since 1898, died early this morning at his home at 314 South Linden avenue after an extended illness.
He was born July 14, 1860, at Mackinaw, Ill., the son of Irvin L. and Margaret Mathews Smith. At the age of ten he moved west with his parents on one of the first Union Pacific trains. He grew to manhood in Oregon and attended Pacific University at Forest Grove, Ore.
He entered the furniture factory business with his father shortly after completing his studies, and in 1882, was married to Flora Morgan and to this union, four children were born. In 1898, he moved to Sheridan with his family and opened a music store, later establishing the City Furniture and Undertaking establishment.
When he disposed of the furniture business he devoted his work exclusively to undertaking and erected the building which is now the Reed Mortuary. His wife passed away in 1901 and on August 9, 1905, he was married to Miss Adeline Pike of Sheridan.
He was appointed mayor of Sheridan in December, 1930, due to the death of the incumbent mayor, C. P. Story, serving from December 15 to January 1, 1932.
He engaged in the ranching business for some years, then returned to Sheridan where he was a cabinet maker until the time of his death.
He was an active member of the Congregational church and held the office of deacon emeritus. He was a past master of Sheridan Lodge No. 8, A.F. & A.M., past high priest of Sheridan chapter No. 7, Royal Arch Masons, past commander of De Molay Commandery No. 6, Knights Templar; a past potentate of Kalif temple and a past patron of Naomi chapter No. 2, Order of Eastern Star.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Col. George Irvin Smith of the U.S. regular army and Stewart L. Smith of Sheridan; one daughter, Flora Mae Rivers of Milwaukee, Ore. Two daughters, Myrtle Smith Gurley and Luette Scott Shell, have preceded him in death.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Margaret Gurley Dow of Evanston, Ill., Patricia Von Pawel, New York City; Linda Ann and Georgia Lee Smith of Sheridan; Cole and Morris Rivers of Portland, Ore., Helen Scott McCalla of Casper; and Walter Robert Scott, chief warrant officer of the U.S. navy; one brother, William H. Smith of Sheridan; two sisters, Mrs. Doe Stewart, Idaho, and Mrs. Carrie Merchant of California. Four great grandchildren also survive.
Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Reed Mortuary, are incomplete, pending the arrival of Colonel Smith from Washington, D.C."
NOTE: This obituary was generously provided by Rev. Dr. Doug Showalter.
HATTIE HAZEL (SMITH-BERGER) LEFLEY
Source: "Newberg Graphic", Newberg, Yamhill County, Oregon, 1971
"Hattie Hazel Lefley
Funeral services for Hattie Hazel Lefley, 72, who died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Mansfield, were held Monday at Brown Memorial Chapel.
Mr. Allen Somfleth of the Jehovah's Witness Church officiated. Vault internment was at Evergreen Memorial Park in McMinnville.
Mrs. Lefley was born at Forest Grove, where she married Roy Berger, in 1914, who proceded her in death. She later married Edward Lefley in 1918, who also proceded her in death.
She came to the Newberg area 29 years ago and had lived here
since. Mrs Lefley was employed at the Allen Fruit Company for many
years and was a member of the Jehovah's Witness church.
IRVIN LUCIEN SMITH
Source: "Washington County News-Times", Washington County, Oregon, January 30, 1908 edition
"FORMER RESIDENT DIES
Hon. I.L. Smith, for over 30 years a resident and business man of this city, died yesterday morning at his late home at Sheridan, aged 80 yeras.
Mr. Smith was born in Illinois and came to Oregon in 1870 settling at Forest Grove. At one time he conducted a hotel here and for several years owned and operated the sash and door factory. He was a member of the Oregon legislature from this county and highly respected and influential citizen of this place; a member of the G.A.R., Methodist church and Masons. Five years ago he moved to Sheridan of this state.
His body will be brought to this city Saturday and the memorial services will be under the direction of the Masons. Interment will be in the Buxton cemetery.
He leaves the following children: James T., Cheney, Wash.;
and Fred of Sheridan, Wy; Mrs. Flora E. Hinman, Spokane; Mrs. L. Day
Stewart, Mrs. Carrie Merchant, Reno, Nevada, and Elmer of Vancouver,
Source: unknown 1908 newspaper
"Octogenarian Dies At Sheridan
[Telegram Coast Special]
FOREST GROVE, Or., Jan. 30 -
Irvin L. Smith, aged nearly 89 years, died at Sheridan, Or., yesterday morning from heart trouble, due to senillity [sic]. He was born near Columbus, O., May 16, 1827, where he lived until 7 years of age, then with his parents moved to near Peoria, Ill., where he lived until 1870, when he came to Forest Grove. Here he resided continuously for 30 years. The past eight years he had lived in Salem and at Sheridan. He was a schoolmate of Shelby M. Cullom, now a United States Senator from Illinois.
In 1863 at Bloomington, Ill., he enlisted with Company H, ninety-fourth Illinois Infantry, and served throughout the war under Colonel M. E. Nulty.
When a resident of Illinois he served on juries when Abraham Lincoln was one of the attorneys at the bar. In 1876 he was made County Commissioner, and in 1880 was elected to the Oregon Legislature, and in 1880 was again chosen to represent his district in the general assembly and served during the special session of 1887. He served on the first board of trustees of this city and, for three or four terms was a member of the City Council. He was twice Mayor of Forest Grove. He was a stanch Republican and has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for over 50 years. He was a member of J.B. Matthews Post, No. 6, G.A.R., of this place.
The following children survive him: George Smith and Fred Smith, Sheridan, Wyo.; Elmer Smith, Vancouver, Wash.; Mrs. Esther Kane, a teacher in the public schools of Portland; William Smith, Mrs. W.E. Stewart, and Mrs. Henry Merchant, Reno, Nev.; James Smith, Eastern Oregon, and Mrs. Flora Hinman, Portland.
Interment will be in the Buxton Cemetery in this place, Saturday, under the auspices of Holbrook Lodge, A.F. & A.M."
NOTE: The "unknown 1908 newspaper" obituary was kindly donated to my website by Joanne Schmidlin (JnnSchmidlin aol.com).
Source: unknown 1895 newspaper
FOREST GROVE, Oct. 26 -
James Matthews, of this city, who suffered a stroke of apoplexy Monday evening, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eliza Crosley, at 4 o'clock this morning, aged 91 years 10 months and 23 days. He was one of the oldest men in Oregon. He was born in Baltimore, Md, November 27, 1803. He lived there until 20 years of age, when he moved to Dayton, O., where he resided 9 years. He then moved to Taswell county, Ill., where he resided 40 years. September 25, 1827, in Bethel, Miami county, he was married to Eliza Blerce Brown, who died at Mackinaw, Ill., in 1872. Eleven children, six girls and five boys, were born to them, four of whom are living - Mrs. Eliza Crosley, Forest Grove, widow of W.H. Crosley; William R. Matthews, Martinez, Cal.; Mary M. Layton and Edward Matthews, Mackinaw, Ill. Mr Matthews was quite active and good health until he suffered the fatal stroke. He had been a tanner and currier for over 30 years. He had resided in Forest Grove since 1872."
NOTE: This obituary was generously donated to my website by Joanne Schmidlin (JnnSchmidlin aol.com).
LILLIAN DAE (SMITH) STEWART
Source: "Reno Evening Gazette", Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, February 7, 1949 edition, page 14
"Former Nevada Resident Dies
Mrs. Maude McNair received word that Lillie Dae Stewart died on Jan. 23 at the home of her niece Mrs. Mabel Davis in Lewiston, Idaho. She was a former resident of Reno and Sparks . Her husband was a Methodist minister in Sparks and died many years ago."
MARGARET (SHREVE) SMITH
Source: "Forest Grove Times", Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, June 6, 1901 edition
"Mrs. Margaret Shreve Smith was born in Ohio, August 23rd, 1816, and departed this life in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, June, 1st, 1901, aged 84 years, 9 months and 8 days. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L.F. Belknap, at the M.E. Church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon June 2nd, 1901.
When quite young she went with her parents to Kentucky, thence to Indiana, and finally to Illinois where she was married to Thaddeus Smith in 1825. This union was blessed with eleven children, four of whom, with her companion, have preceded her to the world beyond.
In the winter of 1884, she moved to Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, where she has since resided.
Deceased was converted when 16 years of age, and joined the M.E. Church, of which she was a steadfast and devoted member to the end of her life, ever ready to do her Master's will, a faithful attendant at church services and Sabbath school when health would permit.
Though the past twelve years of her life have been years of suffering, yet they have been years of cheerful submission to the will of her Heavenly Father. Beloved and highly esteemed by all who knew her, Grandma Smith, as she was familiarly known to us all has bade farewell to the church Militant, and gone to join the church Triumphant.
She leaves to morn her loss, three sons and four daughters: Eli Smith of Gales Creek, Scott Smith of Dilley, Leonard Smith of Medford, Oregon, Mrs. Mary Hampton and Mrs. Adaline Brown of South Dakota, Mrs. Bell Neighart of Morton, Illinois, and Miss Margaret Smith of Foest Grove.
"Dearest mother thou hast left us, Thy face on earth we'll see no more; But we hope some day to meet thee, On that Bright eternal Shore. Yes we'll meet thee just across the river, When Christ shall come to claim his own; There we shall never more be parted, Gathered 'round His shinning throne."
"CARD OF THANKS
MARY E. (SMITH) HINMANSource: "Forest Grove Independent", Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, Jan 24, 1874 edition
"Although the snow was deep and
weather stormy, the funeral of Mrs. Arvid Hinman had large attendance.
The Congregational church was full. There were six seats filled with
the relatives of the deceased. The funeral sermon by W. E. Smith was
very solemn and impressive. We received two obituaries for Mrs. Arvid
Hinman and we published the one written by her esteemed relative J. B.
Mathews which was handed in first."
Source: "Forest Grove Independent", Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, Jan 24, 1874 edition
"Mary E. Hinman, wife of Arvid Hinman and daughter of Irvin L. and Margaret Smith departed life on the 19th of January 1874 after an illness of only six days. She was born April 12, 1852, in Tazewell county, Illinois. She united with M. E. church at Mackinaw, Illinois February 17, 1870 and a few days afterwards came with her parents to Oregon settling near Forest Grove. She married Arvid Hinman November 29, 1870, with whom she lived happily until the day of her death. Leaves husband, a little daughter and many relatives. She endured most intense suffering with great fortitude and when told by friends that there was no hope for recovery, she said she was not afraid to die; consigned her little child to the care of her friends and said she would be glad to live for the child. She gave some general directions with regard to her funeral with great coolness and exhorted her husband and her mother to not weep for her for she would soon be better off. She called each one into the room and bade him goodbye and left words of good advice to her young friends and then died in great suffering at 9 o'clock p.m. Monday 19 instant after six days illness. Rev. Mr. Smith of M. E. church of Cornelius preached the funeral sermon to large audience in the Congregational church of this place on 21st instant and kind hands carried her to her silent rest in the cemetery on the Hill. Thus in the bloom of her life was taken our sister admonishing us that "in the midst of life we are in death."
NOTE: This newspaper article & obituary were generously donated to my website by Joanne Schmidlin (JnnSchmidlin aol.com).
MAXINE MERLE (SMITH) SMEJKAL
Source: "Vernonia Independent", Vernonia, Columbia County, Oregon
"MAXINE M. SMEJKAL
Maxine Merle Smejkal, 82, Vernonia, died Oct. 11, 1996, at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro. Funeral services were held Oct. 15 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vernonia, with Fr. Ron Millican as priest moderator, assisted by Lani Vandehey, pastoral administrator. Interment was at Vernonia Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Smejkal was born Jan. 4, 1914, in Portland, to Oscar Smith and Ora (Lee) Smith. She was raised in Gales Creek and Glenwood, attending Glenwood and Kist schools.
She married William Lewis Smejkal in 1932 in Vancouver, Wash. They lived in Vernonia until moving to Sweet Home in 1944. In 1957 they moved to Garberville, Calif., where they lived until returning to Vernonia in 1964.
She worked at the Naval Blimp Base in Tillamook during the 1940s. In the 1960s she worked for Flavorland Foods in Forest Grove.
Mrs. Smejkal wa a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Vernonia Grange.
She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1993; her twin sister, Mildred Calhoon, and six brothers, Delbert, Clifford, Wayne, Roscoe, Kenneth and Robert Smith.
Survivors include her daughter, Willamae Murray of Vernonia; three brothers, Sam of Scappoose, Ronald of Vernonia, and Raymond of Creswell; three sisters, Ruby McDonald and Beryl Cota, both of Vernonia, and Retha John of Sweet Home; five grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-granddaughters; numerous nieces and nephews.
Remembrances are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 6915 SW Macadam Avenue #130, Portland, OR 97219.
Fuiten-Rose Chapel of Vernonia was in charge of arrangements."
MYTRLE ZULA (SMITH-BROWN-FINSLEY) WISE
Source: "Newberg Graphic", Newberg, Yamhill County, Oregon, 1970
"Myrtle Z. Wise
Mares Wise was born June 2 1892, at Forest Grove, daughter of Leonard and Sarah Smith. She married George Wise July 10, 1938, at Vancouver Washington. The couple lived in Washington and Montana, then Gaston area for 20 years, before moving to Newberg 10 years ago. Her husband proceded her in death on August 4, 1968.
She was a member of the United Methodist church, Forest Grove.
Survivors include sons, Virgil G. Brown and Fred Finsley; daughters, Mrs. Pat (Hazel) Soderberg, Mrs. Arthur (Jane) Connolly and Mrs. Tony (Ruth) Harrington; sister, Hattie Lefley; 12 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren."
ORA BELLE (LEE) SMITH
Source: "Headlight-Herald", Tillamook, Tillamook County, Oregon, Feb 17, 1944 edition
"Mrs. Oscar Smith Called by Death
Ora Belle Smith, resident of Camp I on the Wilson River, passed away at the Tillamook Hospital on February 13 after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Smith was born in Gales Creek, Ore., Sept. 10, 1867 and had lived all of her life in the neighborhood between Tillamook and Gales Creek. She was married March 20, 1905 to Oscar Smith and to their union 13 children were born. She was a very busy wife and mother, beloved by her family and friends.
She leaves to mourn beside her husband, her five daughters, Mrs. Mildred Hult of Vernonia, Mrs. Maxine Skejkal, Mrs. Retha M. O. Conner of Camp I, Roscoe of Sweet Home, Samuel of Vernonia, Kenneth of the U.S. Marines, Robert of Vernonia, and Raymond and Ronald of Camp I Tillamook; two sisters, Mrs. Deborah Herzog of Butte, Mont. and Mrs. M. E. Coffman of Portland, and one brother, Harrison Lee of Medford, and ten grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb 17 from Sacred Heart church and interment was made in the Gales Creek Cemetery."
NOTE: This obit contains the following known errors: "Mrs. Maxine Skejkal" should read "Mrs. Maxine Smejkal", Ora's birth year was actually 1886 (not 1867). - Lorrie
ROSCOE KELLY SMITH
Source: unknown newspaper, September 15, 1968
"Smith, Roscoe - Vernonia; husband of Mary V. Smith; father of Marvin Smith; brother of Sam, Clifford, Kenneth, Ronald, Raymond & Bob Smith, Mildred Calhoun, Maxine Smejkal, Retha John, Beryl Cota, Ruby McDonald; 3 grandchildren. Services Monday, 11 am, Fuiten-Friesen Mortuary, Vernonia."
SARAH ELIZABETH (OVERDORF) SMITH
Source: "Washington County News-Times", Washington County, Oregon, December 27, 1928 edition
"Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock for Mrs. Sarah E. Smith at the Forest Grove Undertaking chapel, Rev. Oliver Curtis officiating. Interment took place in the Forest View cemetery.
Mrs. Smith was born December 7, 1855 at Morton, Ill., and married Leonard A. Smith. They came to Oregon in 1884. Mrs. Smith died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. G. Lee of Gales Creek, December 23 after a long illness. She is survived by six children: William H. and Oscar A. of Vernonia, Mrs. W.G. Lee of Gales Creek, Albert C. Smith and Mrs. E.A. Lebley of Dayton and Myrtle Frinsley of Gaston."
NOTE: This obit contains the following known errors: "Myrtle Frinsley" should read "Myrtle Finsley", "Mrs. E.A. Lebley" should read "Mrs. E.A. Lefley. - Lorrie
WAYNE ABNER SMITH
Source: unknown newspaper, 1960
WINFIELD SCOTT SMITH
Source: "Washington County News-Times", Washington County, Oregon, January 25, 1912 edition
"FORMER GROVE MAN DIES AT DILLEY
Winfield Scott Smith, who lived in this city for amny years, and was well-known among the older residents of the city, died at his home in the Dilley section, Monday, after several weeks' illness. Mr. Smith was born at Morton, Illinois, May 7, 1848. He was married to Miss Mollie Courtright in Illinois in 1870, and came with his family to Oregon - in 1876, locating in Forest Grove.
Mr. Smith and his first wife separated, and about twelve years ago, he was married to Miss Mattie Pederson, of this city. They moved to a farm near Dilley, which has since been their home. While living at Forest Grove Mr. Smith followed carpenter work as a profession.
He is survived by two sons by his first marriage, Elmer T. Smith, of Eugene, and Earl Smith, of Lents. His widow and two children, Charles Hobart Smith and Alice Bessie Smith, are left at home. Mrs. James Stephenson, of this city, is a sister.
Funeral services were held yesterday at the Methodist church in Dilley, Rev. Jones officiating, with burial in Forest View cemetery."