Kenai resident Elta Ione Smith died Monday, March 15, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.
A remembrance of life for family and friends will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at 1310 Kiana Lane in Kenai. Please call 283-6632 for information and ask for Rose.
Mrs. Smith's ashes will be buried with her husband in the Union Cemetery in Bakersfield, Calif.
Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 11, 1916, in Bakersfield. She attended and graduated from Kern County Union High School in 1934. She retired from the Bohemian District in Bakersfield in 1962.
She moved to Alaska in June 1997, and lived with her son in Kenai. She enjoyed crocheting, needle point and traveling.
"Ione enjoyed traveling and being with family and friends. Her most memorable trip after retirement was her trip to Mexico. She was known to many people as 'Nana,' and all that knew her loved her. She will be missed by all of her family and friends," her family said. "The family hopes to see her in Jehovah's promised paradise to come, where death will be no more. (Rev. 21:4) We love you, Nana."
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Smith.
She is survived by her son, William P.L. "Bill" Smith and his wife, Patsy, of Kenai; grandchildren and their spouses, Kathleen Towns and husband of Wasilla, Karen Brenner and husband of Anchorage, Katrina Boag and husband of Everett, Wash., Karol Garrett and her husband of Kent, Wash., and Kathy Piatt and her husband, Rose Wilhusen and her husband, and Joseph Luze and his wife, all of Kenai; 24 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ronald "Fiji" Pinnell of Belize.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family at 1304 Kiana Lane, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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