Gladys A. Smith

December 22, 1919 - August 28, 2012

Gladys Smith, age 92 of Quinn, S.D., died Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Gladys Arthene Knodel was born December 22, 1919, at Wall, to Gustave and Lois (Lathrop) Knodel.
She lived in the Peno Basin area and attended elementary school at Big White. She stayed with Lynn and Lucille Lathrop and attended one year of high school at Nolan. In 1934, her parents moved her to a small farm outside Richfield, Idaho, where Gladys finished high school and started college in the area.
On December 11, 1937, she was united in marriage to Charles “Richard” Smith at Burley, Idaho. In 1938, they moved back to Grindstone and lived with “Bus” Smith until they built their home in 1948 where she lived until she was hospitalized in December 2009.
She was a member of the Grindstone Women’s Club for over 70 years and assisted in many gatherings and parties in the community. She attended the Lutheran church throughout her life. Her children have fond memories of coming home from church to large Sunday dinners and a house full of company. Gladys made everyone feel welcome in her home and at her table.
She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Richard, of Grindstone; nine children, Colleen (Ken) Simmons of Forsyth, Mont., Joyce (Ed) Buchholz of Belle Fourche, Larry (Linda) Smith of Philip, Melvin (Beth) Smith of Philip, Steven (Roxie) Smith of Ordway, Colo., Arlan Smith of Casper, Wyo., Barbara (Mike) Coy of Sundance, Wyo., Janet (Kenneth) Lurz of Wall, Kieth (Deb) Smith of Philip; 27 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Audra Smith; and a grandson, Christopher Lurz.
Gladys will be remembered as a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Services were held at the Philip High School Fine Art Building on Saturday, September 1, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.
Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Glenn Parsons, vocalist.
Ushers were Marvin Coleman, Marvin Eide, Dennis Sieler and Herb Sieler.
Pallbearers were Jeff Simmons, Kelly Buchholz, Brock Smith, Justin Smith, Chad Smith, John Smith, Josh Smith, Dustin Lurz, Tucker Smith and Lincoln Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were DeAnn Bailey, Tonya Froelich, Trena McCreary, Lindsey Mangis, Larissa Wishard, Lariann Lanka, Melan Nicholson, Tara Clark, Lana Schnee, Dawn Back, Stephanie Fountain, Shannon Moline, Kendra Swaney, Kannan Lurz, Chancie Baenen, Cassidy Ayotte and Colby Smith.
Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
A memorial has been established to maintaining the family room at Philip Health Services.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com