Velma Lucetta Smith Stewart Obituary
Velma Lucetta Smith Stewart
GRANDVIEW, Mo. Velma Lucetta Smith Stewart, 91 died Feb. 13, 1999, at her daughters home.
She was born Nov. 27, 1907, at Wiley, Colo., the daughter of Albert F. and Margaret Ellen Fickes Smith. She was a Hutchinson High School graduate. A Hutchinson resident from 1912 to 1987, moving to Grandview, she was an employee of Bell Telephone, Hutchinson, and was a Reno County Courthouse switchboard operator, retiring in 1972.
She belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, serving as a teacher, and was involved in the geology program as a name extractor. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Womens Auxiliary No. 20 International Typographical Union, both at Hutchinson.
On Nov. 29, 1926, she married Ernest Christian Buff Stewart at Kingman. He died Oct 16, 1975.
Survivors include: a son, Wendall Philip Pete, Sandy, Utah; a daughter, Ruth Ann Stewart Lemon, of the home; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and a grandson.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints meeting house, Kansas City, Mo. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at D. W. Newcomers Longview Chapel, Kansas City, Mo. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Hutchinson.
Memorials may be sent to the Carondolet Hospice, 201 W. RD Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO 64014.
The Hutchinson News
Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas
Monday, February 15, 1999
page A9 *** column 3