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Vada P. Smith

December 30, 2020

 

Vada P Smith 90, died December 26, 2020 at Via Christi St. Joseph in Wichita, Kansas.  She was born December 14, 1930 in Southeast Kansas near Peru to Frank and Goldie (Wave) Kocher.  On December 30, 1949 she married Edward M. Smith and he preceded her in death on March 18, 2017.

Vada was a loving wife, mother and homemaker and enjoyed caring for her family.  She could often be found keeping busy with art, crafts and sewing project.  She especially enjoyed cooking and looked forward to spending time fishing.  In her last year’s Vada was appreciative of the care and attention of the Via Christi Ridge nursing and activities staff.

She is survived by her daughter Karen (Lonnie) Kliewer and son Dale (Sandy Smith. She is also survived by brother Oliver Allen Kocher, 4 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother David and sisters Lola May and Ella Lu.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday December 30th held at New Life Covenant Church in Wichita with interment in the Restlawn Gardens of Memory Rural Newton.

Memorials in Vada’s name may be made to Via Christi Ridge Activities Fund in care of Petersen Funeral Home Newton, Kansas

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7 thoughts on “Vada P. Smith

  1. Vada was a very special person she would joke around with all of us she seemed to love us piking at her and she’d get us if she got tired of it. I loved watching her interacting on the video calls she was so spunky.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Vada was the most warm and lovable person I’ve ever known. She and Ed were my second set of parents growing up. Her impish little grin could capture your heart and have you wondering what was on her mind! Love you all.

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Vada was the most warm and lovable person I’ve ever known. She and Ed were my second set of parents growing up. Her impish little grin could capture your heart and have you wondering what was on her mind! Love you all.

  4. I was so fortunate and honored to call this beautiful lady my Mother- ln- law for 35 years. She was always there to help and teach me anything. She taught me how to crochet, make jams and jellies, cook, and help others. She was always up for any adventure we came up with. She was a wonderful pitch partner! She will always have a big space in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She will be greatly missed. I was so blessed to have her in my life!
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  5. Karen, Dale & families, We are so sorry to hear of Vada’s passing. We always enjoyed seeing her at the Worden-Smith family reunions & when her & Ed would come to our Wilson Lake Family Camp outs. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. We are so very sorry for your loss. We were neighbors down the street from Ed and Vada. They were like grandparents to us. Vada would bring us fresh tomatoes from the her garden every summer. She also sewed a beautiful Christmas stocking for our daughter which we will forever cherish. Even though it had been awhile since she and Ed had moved out of Newton we will forever hold them in our hearts. They were great people. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

  7. Vada was a wonderful sweet lady. I joyed taking care for her for almost 5 years. She loved picking on me. It was the highlight if my day when she was full of energy. I’m going to miss her. One of these days we will meet again. Love you all

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