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Betty J. Smith

January 10, 1931 ~ March 22, 2020 (age 89)


Betty J. Smith, 89, of Churubusco, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at The Oaks Home in Columbia City.

Born on January 10, 1931, in Eel River Township to the late Paul and De Elda (Gaff) Knafel. She graduated from Huntertown High School.

Betty was happily married since September 1, 1977, to William J. Smith.

She was baptized at the United Brethren Church in Albion on April 23, 1943, and continued her worship in the Methodist Church until joining St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lake Township, in 1977.

Betty was employed in the clerical field at various companies. She worked at the Pennsylvania/Conrail Railroad for 25 years, retiring in 1993.

She is survived by three sons, William J. McBride, George H. (Monica) McBride and Daniel P. McBride; a daughter, Jennie (Clifford) Householder; a step-son, Al (Karen) Smith; two sisters, Wanda (Richard) Maroney and Sandra Elser; ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Cindy McBride in 2015.

A private family service will take place and a celebration of life service at a later date.

Burial will take place at Eel River Cemetery.

Memorials will be to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lake Township and Mount Zion Lutheran Church, LaGrange.

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Private Services

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Private Interment

Eel River Cemetery
11022 Carroll Rd
Churubusco, IN 46723

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