On the 22 Jun 2020 for Tombstone Tuesday I reported on recording my Smith Grandparents on Find A Grave (William - Ellen). Last Tuesday, I shared the obituary of Grandpa William as recorded in my Aunt LVene's family history from the local Coon Rapids Enterprise. Today, I will share the obituary, same source, for Grandma Ellen.
From the Coon Rapids Enterprise (via LVene Thomas Smith family history book)
Mrs. Wm Smith Dies in Hospital
Devoted Wife and Mother Called by Death Last Week
Mrs. Ellen Preston Smith, wife of Mr. Wm. Smith, died last week in the hospital at Carroll soon after an operation for gallstones with which she had bee afflicted seemingly for years. She will be remembered by early settlers as the daughter ofd Mrs. Ella Preston, mother of Harry and other Preston boys, and a most exemplary young woman. She graduated from our public schools, as did also her eldest son, Grant Ballard, by her first husband, Mr. Ballard. She was the mother of ten children, two having preceded her, leaving eight, with husband and other near relatives, and many friends to mourn her death. She was an affectionate wife and mother and highly esteemed neighbor. The following obituary was read by Rev. Koehler at the funeral services at the M.E. church Saturday afternoon, the services being largely attended for town and country.:
Ellen Rebecca Preston was born April 12th 1880 in Deer Lodge, Montana. In 1898 she was united in marriage to Mont G. Ballard of Blair, Nebraska. To this union one son was born.
December 30, 1900 her husband passed to his eternal reward. May 11th 1904, she was united in marriage to her now sorrowing husband, Wm. Smith. To this union nine children were born, five girls and four boys. Two of the boy preceded the mother to the heavenly home.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted mother and a kind and affectionate wife. For the past two years she has been in poor health. She passed out of this life in the hospital at Carroll Thursday evening June 28. to mourn her loss she leaves a sorrowing husband, eight children and two brothers, and many friends and acquaintances.
Families are Forever! ;-)