Frances M. Smith, age 86 of De Smet, died at her own home on October 31, 2015. Her services will be held on Thursday, November 5 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in De Smet. Visitation will be at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Wednesday evening from 5 -7 PM. There will be a private burial on Thursday prior to services.
Frances Myrtle Hansen Smith was born on November 7, 1928 at De Smet, SD to Theodore and Marguerite (Swartz) Hansen. She grew up in the De Smet community. She attended country school and graduated from De Smet High School in May of 1947. Frances was joined in marriage to Nickolas Smith at De Smet on November 14, 1946. “ Nick” passed away on July 5, 1983. Frances married Roy Anderson on August 15, 1987 at the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church and continued to live in De Smet.
During her life she worked at Gordon’s Café, Peschle Locker, De Smet Memorial Hospital and the Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She retired in May of 1987 because of health issues. During her working years, she received certification as Food Supervisor from Sioux Valley Hospital.
Frances enjoyed faithfully serving the many organizations that she belonged to over six decades. She loved decorating for the holidays and was the happiest when she was in fellowship with her family and hearing their laughter. She loved and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As a lifetime member of the De Smet community, her definition of family extended to the many people that she gathered with, whether it be while serving, attending church or having a cup of coffee at the Ward’s store.
She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the American Legion Auxiliary, Chapter 13 – 8 & 40, DAV Auxiliary, VFW and De Smet Eastern Star.
Frances is survived by her children, Robert Smith of De Smet, Nancy (Larry) Melstad of Huron, Donald (Sharleen) Smith of Huron, Richard (Judy) Smith of De Smet, Phillip (Joyce) Smith of Omaha, NE and Connie (Glen) Ruyter of North Mankato, MN; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Madeline Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Nickolas Smith and Roy Anderson; a son Larry Jim; a grandson DJ; and a great grandson, Brandon.