March 1, 1909 - Jan. 18, 2008
WAUNETA -- Ardith Geraldine Smith, 98, died Friday (Jan. 18, 2008) at Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home.
She was born March 1, 1909, in Hayes County to Flora-Bel Johnston and Arthur W. McCormick. She graduated from Palisade High School in 1927.
On Jan. 1, 1930, she married Clifford C. Smith of Palisade. They started a cement construction business and built the second largest outdoor swimming pool in Palisade.
They operated their gasoline transports and auto repair shop until 1942. During World War II they lived in Omaha, where she worked at Martin Airplane bomber plant as a Rosie the Riveter. They returned to Palisade and continued with their auto repair and Dodge and Plymouth dealership. She worked as a secretary for the business and was a homemaker. She also worked at the local cafe and for a short time at the REA.
She was a 60-year member of the Legion Auxiliary, and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Amvets Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Palisade Community Foundation.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.C. Smith; her parents, Flora-Bel Johnston and Arthur W. McCormick; five brothers, Orie, Earl, Vern, Charlie and James McCormick; and one daughter, Isletta Ann Zolper.
Survivors include her sons, Dennis Smith and wife, Carol of Whidby Island, Wash., and Billy Smith and wife, Beth of Palisade; 13 grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 1 p.m. (CST) at First United Methodist Church in Palisade, with the Rev. Judy Dye officiating. Interment will follow in the Palisade Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-6 p.m., (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home in Wauneta.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Palisade Community Foundation.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.