Obituary: Mary Maxine Smith

Mary Maxine Smith, 100, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2106, at Newton Presbyterian Manor.

She was born Dec. 17, 1915, in Halstead Township to Alton Russell and Elizabeth (Severance) Challender.

She graduated from Sedgwick High School and attended Bethel College and Kansas State University. She graduated from Salt City Business College in Hutchinson.

On June 27, 1943, she married Russell Vern Smith in Hutchinson. He preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 2002.

Moving to Newton in 1945 from Tulsa, Okla., she was employed as a secretary at several agricultural offices, Somers, Robb and Robb Law Firm and Bankers Investment.

She belonged to Salem United Methodist Church, 50-53 study club and for 40 years, was active in the Newton bowling leagues. She also worked with the Harvey County Fair for 18 years and Kansas State Fair for four years.

Mary Maxine is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister-in-law Willard and Dolores Challender, as well as one nephew and one niece.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton with Pastor Ron Kite of Salem United Methodist Church presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. Burial will be in the Burrton City Cemetery, Burrton.

Memorials are suggested to Salem United Methodist Church or Newton Meals on Wheels in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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