Florence E. Smith


QUINTER — Florence Evelyn (Orten) Smith passed away Monday, July 12, 2010, at the Long Term Care Facility, Quinter, at the age of 87.
She was born Dec. 10, 1922, in Grainfield, the fifth of six children, to George R. and Eva Alice Weekly Orten.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; her sister, Vera Roberts, on May 10, 2010; four nephews; and two nieces. She is survived by her brother, William L. Orten, of Quinter, two nephews and two nieces.
On Nov. 22, 1941, Florence married Roderick “Rod” Smith in Shields, at the home of their pastor’s parents. Rod passed away April 30, 1984.
She attended school in Grainfield, graduating from Grainfield Rural High School with the class of 1940.
After her short career as a domestic and baby sitter, she moved in 1941 to Dighton, where she worked at Pwonka Café, later at Egbert’s Drug Store, and then at the Dighton and Scott City sale barns as an office clerk. She also worked at the Oakley sale barn, where her husband was auctioneer. Florence and Rod moved to Oakley in 1951 and to Scott City in 1955.
In Scott City, she worked as bookkeeper for Western Hardware and Supply and then for Scott City Clinic, followed by Brookover Cattle Company, Inc., from which she retired in 1990 after 20 years as office manager. Florence enjoyed working with the public. She was a life member of the Eastern Star, Dighton Chapter.
Following cremation, graveside services and burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9, in Healy Cemetery, with the Rev. James Brackett and Pastor Keith Funk presiding. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to Scott County Library or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, Scott City. E-condolences may be given at www.priceandsons.com or [email protected].



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