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Reginah Smith
(July 1, 1927 - July 19, 2012)

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Reginah Smith

Reginah Smith, age 85, passed away early Thursday morning at Via Christi Hospital after taking an injurious fall on Monday. She was born on July 1, 1927 in Pittsburg, in her grandfather’s home and lived there all her life. She attended the old Central Elementary School at 5th and Walnut, Roosevelt Junior High and graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1945. She married Elmer D. Smith in September, 1947 and they were married until his death in June, 2002. Reginah kept active in extra-curricular activities while raising her children such as PTA, Girl Scouts, and Marching Dragon Band Boosters. She later became active in the Volksmarch Walking Club, completing walks in 46 states with her sister, Georgia. During her retirement years she served as a driver for Meals on Wheels and for 14 years participated in the Kansas Guardianship Program. After moving into the Via Christi Assisted Living Facility, she was part of the Pittsburg Middle School Shaping Lives Program for 5 years. Reginah worked as a bookkeeper for Western Auto at the time of her marriage but soon left to stay home and raise her children. She later worked for Hagman’s Candies, Morewood’s Furniture & Appliance, 8 years for Pittsburg State University and 14 years for Social and Rehabilitative Services until her retirement in 1992. Reginah was a life-long member of the Assembly of God Church and was a charter member of the current Family Life Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Lillie Arthur, and her husband, Elmer Smith. She is survived by her sister, Georgia Smith of Holiday Island, AR; her 4 children: Gail Bishir of Pittsburg; Russ Smith of Independence, KS; Blaine Smith of Topeka, KS and Stan Smith of Simpsonville, SC; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. A service for Reginah will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Family Life Assembly of God, Pittsburg, with Pastor Mark Lehmann officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the church. The family suggests memorials to the Family Life Assembly of God Building Fund. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Online condolences may be left at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.

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