|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1896|
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 1948|
Iva Ellen Smith Gifford was born on February 14, 1896, on the farm now owned by Luther McKibben on Newton Ridge. When she was one year old the family moved to their late home on the Pennsville-Stockport highway. Practically all her lifetime was spent in Penn township. She departed from earthly cares on October 25, 1948, at the age of 52 years, eight months, 11 days. A daughter of Seth A. and Amanda Risen Smith, she was the youngest of nine children, six of whom survive, namely Blanche Simpson, Florence White, Mabel Williams, Edith Wood, Eva Stokes and Amy Dougan. One brother died in infancy and a brother Howard, died three years ago, Oct 17. Both father and mother are deceased. On August 8, 1914, she was united in marriage to Walter Gifford. To his union were born eight children, seven of whom survive; Ernestine Wilson of Bristol township; Florence Williams of near Pennsville; George and Harry of near the home; Fred of Columbus; Howard, a student at O.S.U.; and Martha of the home. One son, Emmett, met a tragic death by drowning eight years ago. She also leaves four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends to mourn he departure.
She was a graduate of Pennsville high school being a member of the class of 1914. In early womanhood, she united with the Methodist church at Bailey's. She was a member of the Pennsville W.S.C.S., Newton Ridge Grange and Coterie club.
On September 2, she sustained a fall which resulted in a broken back. After enduring this, and complications which followed, she seemed on the road to recovery, bur suddenly the Death Angel came and took our loved one away. She was a faithful friend, charitable and generous in all her dealings with her fellow man, honest with herself and her associates, never fearful to do what she believed to be right. Although she reared a large family and had many cares of her own, she was ever ready to lend a helping hand. If anyone was sick or needed assistance in any way, Iva and Walter were always there. And now her passing leaves a vacancy in the community, the home and in the hearts of the husband, children and sisters. Today it is only sadness and sorrow but, in years to come we will cherish the pleasant memories of a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend.
A flower grew in our garden,
A flower wondrous and fair,
We loved this flower in our garden
As she grew and flourished there.
God smiled on our flower in the garden
And marked it for His own
And now He has taken our loved one
To bloom in His Heavenly home.
Source: Newspaper Clipping from the Family Scrapbook
Seth A. Smith (1855 - 1934)
Amanda Risen Smith (1856 - 1941)
Walter Emmett Gifford (1893 - 1972)*
Ernestine Leora Gifford Wilson (1915 - 2004)*
Emmett L. Gifford (1916 - 1940)*
Florence E. Gifford Williams (1918 - 1993)*
George Dean Gifford (1920 - 2009)*
Harry Douglas Gifford (1923 - 1995)*
Howard S. Gifford (1927 - 2011)*
Blanche Mary Smith Simpson (1878 - 1981)*
Florence Smith White (1879 - 1961)*
Howard Leslie Smith (1882 - 1945)*
Hattie Mabel Smith Williams (1884 - 1982)*
Edith Jane Smith Wood (1887 - 1963)*
Eva A Smith Stokes (1891 - 1976)*
Amy Lucille Smith Dougan (1893 - 1979)*
Iva Ellen Smith Gifford (1896 - 1948)
Plot: Sec M Row 13
Maintained by: Pat Boyd
Originally Created by: Robert "Rob" Weller
Record added: Aug 09, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9292815