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Mary Louise Koehler Smith
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Birth: May 24, 1920
Doniphan
Doniphan County
Kansas, USA
Death: Dec. 14, 2002
Leavenworth
Leavenworth County
Kansas, USA

Mary was a wife, mother and homemaker. She was an amazing cook, made the best bread from scratch, peach pies, cherry pies, incredible German chocolate cake and her famous 5 pound double layer pizza. She would turn out 6 or 8 pies with what seemed to be very little effort. Her best line was, "That's a small pie, cut it in fourths"-something every kid wants to hear. She loved her yard filled with many varieties of flowers, especially irises and gladiolas and tried to grow them in as many colors as she could find. She loved to sew and made stuffed animals and dolls for her children and grandchildren. She loved to work with ceramics and created some beautiful family keepsakes that will be passed down through the generations. She had a beautiful laugh. She got down to serious business with a good hot cup of coffee and a bunch of soap operas to pass the afternoon.

Mary was born in Doniphan, Kansas, but grew up and attended schools in Atchison, Kansas. While attending Lutheran parochial schools, there were several "Marys" in her class, so the school decided to use her middle name, and from then on was called Louise by friends and family. She met husband Willard through mutual friends. During World War II, they were stationed with the Army for several years in Tallahassee, Florida, where she picked up a southern accent that stayed with her for the rest of her life.

Mary was survived by her three children, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. At the time of her death, her sister and two brothers survived. Sister Jeannie passed in 2008 and brother Jacob passed in 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Willard, two brothers and two grandchildren. She was well loved and is greatly missed.

Grandson Jon Edward Abbott

Grandson Michael Juan Padilla

Brother Jacob Robert Koehler 
 
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 Parents:
  Anton Raymond Koehler (1881 - 1963)
  Grace Velma Jack Koehler (1897 - 1968)
 
 Spouse:
  Willard Alexander Smith (1916 - 2000)*
 
 Siblings:
  Anton Koehler (____ - 1909)**
  Ralph Anton Koehler (1916 - 1916)*
  Elmo Francis Perry Koehler (1918 - 1944)*
  Mary Louise Koehler Smith (1920 - 2002)
  Jacob Robert Koehler (1925 - 2005)*
  Emma Jeanne Koehler Hamblin (1934 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Note: Wife of Willard A Smith (1Lt, US Army)
 
Burial:
Leavenworth National Cemetery
Leavenworth
Leavenworth County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Sect 49 Rw 15 Site 51
 
Maintained by: Mo Cote
Originally Created by: WyCo Graver
Record added: Dec 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16870513
Mary Louise <i>Koehler</i> Smith
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Mary Louise <i>Koehler</i> Smith
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Mary Louise <i>Koehler</i> Smith
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- Mo Cote
 Added: Dec. 14, 2014

- Mo Cote
 Added: Dec. 29, 2013
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