Goldie Smith - February 12, 2009
Goldie Marie McCurry Smith, lifelong Chase County resident, was born Jan. 29, 1919, in Imperial, Neb. to Hobart and Martha (Einspahr) McCurry. She was the oldest of four children.
Goldie entered into eternity on Jan. 23, 2009, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home; she lacked six days of being 90 years old.
Goldie joined the Lutheran Church in 1929. In 1950 she was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Goldie was a very devoted Christian and shared her strong convictions with all that she came in contact with.
Goldie attended Chase County High School and graduated in 1937. She was very active in the Alumni Association of CCHS.
Goldie married her lifelong friend and love, Stan Smith, on April 20, 1941, in Imperial, Neb. They would have celebrated 68 years together this year. They made their home west of Imperial. The couple was blessed with three sons who they raised on the farm.
Everyone knows where the farm is located if you mention the Wagon Wheel Ball park. Playing ball was a very special part of their family life. They loved to have kids from hundreds of miles around, come to the farm to experience the country life. Many continue to have fond memories of the time spent on the farm.
Goldie was known for her wedding cakes. She was a perfectionist and spent many years on each one. She also catered many weddings, anniversaries and other special events. Goldie often hauled huge cakes hundreds of miles. She truly loved helping make the bride’s dream come true.
Goldie for many years drove car loads of kids to church camps in Colorado. She also operated the Oriole and Skylark camps at Enders Lake. They were the daughters that she didn’t have and touched them in so many wonderful ways.
Goldie was employed for a time as a nurse’s aid, in Imperial, and Holyoke. She worked as a teacher’s aid at the Champion Grade School. She loved children and being an influence on each of their lives. She touched so many lives in the Imperial Manor.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Thelma Yost and an infant daughter.
Goldie leaves to mourn her passing, husband, Stan, of Imperial, Neb.; three sons, Jim and wife, Marla, of Ogallala, Neb., Bill and wife, Cindy, of Max, Neb., Larry and wife, Debbie, of Blue Springs, Mo.; grandchildren, Shaun and Rendale Meyer of Big Springs, Neb., Rick and Susanne Smith of Holdrege, Neb., Chad Smith of Ogallala, Neb., Kelly and Ashlee Smith of Grant, Neb., Stacy and Josh Clark of Grant, Neb., Bobbie and Chris Nelson of Wakefield, Neb., Wade Smith of Benkelman, Neb., Justin Smith of Sidney, Neb., Jay and Mist Smith of Lees Summit, Mo., Joel Smith of Independence, Mo., Jacqualine and Matt Davis of Blue Springs, Mo., Brian and Janine Mitchell of Independence, Mo., Jennifer and Eric Mitchell of Blue Springs, Mo.; 21 great grandchildren; brother, Bill McCurry and wife, Agnes, of Blue Springs, Mo.; sister, Connie Borell and husband, Jim, of Burns, Wyo.; many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, 10 a.m. (MT) at the Champion Community Center with Mitch Korf officiating.
A private family inurnment will be held at a later date at the Lakeview Cemetery, Champion, Neb.
A memorial has been established to the Champion Community Center.
No visitation. Goldie’s wishes were the donation of her body to the Nebraska State Anatomical Board at the University Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrngements.