Velma White-Smith, 93

Velma M. White-Smith, 93, a lifetime resident of Wabash County, passed away at 10:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at Parkview Wabash Hospital in Wabash.

She was born to the late Walter V. and Tessie (Garst) Hawley on June 13, 1922, in Wabash.

Velma married Curtis Eugene White on Jan. 24, 1953, he passed away on Feb. 4, 1984, then married Jim Smith, who preceeded  her in death.

She was a member of Church of Christ at Wabash in Wabash, Indiana. Velma bowled in Wabash Ladies Civic League, was a square dancer, a member of Wabash Saddle Club and served as an officer, and Miss-Sala-Bash camping club. She loved to camp and enjoyed her family including her 35 nieces and nephews she helped raise.

She is survived by daughter, Mrs. Diana (David) Heath of LaFontaine; foster daughter, Mrs. Rosemary (Jennings) Gibson-Glenn of Thurmont, Md.; four grandchildren, Angela (Heath) Pier of Wabash, Suzanne (Heath) Schoby of Wabash, Sheri (Glenn) Schaffer of Virginia, and Lori (Glenn) Swick of Maryland; and eight great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at Church of Christ at Wabash, 1904 N. Wabash St., Wabash, with Josh Fennell officiating. Burial will follow at LaFontaine IOOF Cemetery in LaFontaine, Indiana.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash.

Preferred memorials are directed to Church of Christ at Wabash, 1904 N. Wabash St., Wabash, IN 46992 or Life Center, 78 W. Hill St., Wabash, IN 46992.

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Posted on 2016 Feb 16