Maxine Smith



June 12, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Maxine Blanche Smith, age 98, of Iola, Kansas, passed away on June 1, 2018, at Allen County Regional Hospital, Iola. Maxine was born on Feb. 26, 1920, in Neosho Falls, to John Weiland and Grace Bigger Weiland.

Maxine attended rural school at Punkin Kolege east of Neosho Falls and graduated from the Neosho Falls High School in 1938.

Maxine married Arch Saferite in 1940. They later divorced. In 1954, she married Lyle Harvey. Mr. Harvey preceded her in death in 1963. Maxine married Ralph Smith in 1979. Mr. Smith preceded her in death in 2010.

Maxine worked at various businesses in the Iola area, including Ramsey’s Department Store, H.L. Miller & Son dress factory, Security Savings & Loan, and Shetlar, Griffith, & Shetlar.

Maxine is survived by one daughter, Tyra O’Rourke, Nashua, N.H.; one step-daughter, Jean Schaffer, Cheney; one step-son, Robert Smith and wife, Adelle, Iola; one sister, Rita Alderson, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two grandsons, Brendon O’Rourke, New York City, N.Y., and Shane O’Rourke and wife, Becky, Nashua, N.H.; one great-granddaughter, Norah O’Rourke, Nashua, N.H., one great-granddaughter arriving in June, Zoe O’Rourke; eight step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren, and one step-great-great grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Maxine was preceded in death by her second husband, Lyle Harvey; and by her third husband, Ralph Smith; her parents; four sisters, Florence Henderson, Eva Rawlings, Imilda Danielson, Elora O’Hara; six brothers, Curtis Weiland, Al Wei-land, Kenneth Weiland, Clifford “Chig” Weiland, Leslie Weiland, and Chance Weiland.

A funeral service was June 5, 2018, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Iola.

Memorials are suggested either to the Wesley United Methodist Church in Iola or to the Neosho Falls United Methodist Church in Neosho Falls, and may left at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service.

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