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Wanetta E. Smith

Wanetta E. Smith Wanetta E. Smith, age 101, of Manhattan, died September 4, 2018, at her daughter-in-law Frances Smith’s home in rural Manhattan.

She was born February 15, 1917 to Fred and Ellen (Wooten) Schleif at the family farm near Belvue, Kansas, where her father was also born.

She attended St. George Elementary school and graduated from St. George High School in 1934. As a young teenager she met her future husband Vernon Smith in St. George where she worked as a telephone switchboard operator. Following her graduation they were married on June 4, 1934, and farmed in the communities of St. George, Fostoria and the Tabor Valley area of Manhattan.

They raised four children, the late Jim Smith (Frances), Aileen Garvin (Lawrence), Barbara Harlan and Delbert Smith (Donna).

As a young farm wife, Wanetta was a seamstress for her growing family, and she also grew and canned much of their food. After retiring from the farm and moving to Manhattan in 1969, she worked at Endacott Lighting and also as a housekeeper and a caregiver. Her last job as a caregiver was to her two younger sisters whom she cared for in her home.

Her hobbies were gardening, playing the piano, quilting, tatting, doing word search and jigsaw puzzles and reading the National Geographic. She also loved finding bargains at auctions and yard sales, playing Scrabble with her family and playing a good game of pitch at the Zeandale and Green Valley Community Centers and the Manhattan Seniors’ Service Center.

Wanetta was preceded in death by her husband Vernon, son Jim, and sisters Ruby Schleif, Jewel Pedersen and Crystal Lutes.

She has 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She will be missed by her family and friends and will be remembered for her determination to make each day a good day and for the pride she took in her ability to live in her home until the last few days of her life.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Dr. Wesley Paddock officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery southeast of Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Zeandale Community Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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