Velma Elnora <I>Smith</I> Beckner

Photo added by Anita Mays

Velma Elnora Smith Beckner

  • Birth 3 Apr 1920 Hastings, Mills County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 6 Oct 2009 Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 42768731

Velma Elnora Smith Beckner
03 April 1920 ~ 06 October 2009


Velma E. Beckner

Velma E. Beckner
, age 89 of Baxter Springs, Ks passed from this life Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at Emerald Pointe Galena, Ks.

Velma was born April 3, 1920 in Hastings, Iowa to the union of Allen Byron and Allie Florence (Reed) Smith.

She was united in marriage to Sanford N. Beckner on August 1, 1942 in Neosho, Mo.

She worked for Montgomery Wards in Fayetteville, Arkansas as an assistant personnel Manager.

She was a member of the 6th St. Baptist Church in Galena, Ks.

One of Velma's favorite hobby was quilting.

Velma is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Survivors include one daughter Joyce Burkybile of Galena, Ks; two sons James Beckner and William Beckner both of Carthage, Mo; one sister Venda Burch of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one niece Brenda Thiel of Fayetteville, Arkansas; six grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Velma has been entrusted to Derfelt's Baxter Chapel for cremation.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Published in The Joplin Globe
from 10/6/2009 - 10/8/2009.
Wednesday, 10/07/2009

Miami News Record:
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009

Cherokee Co. News-Advocate:
Oct 15, 2009

Note: Sanford Nelson Beckner


This info may or may NOT be all correct:

Ancestry family tree

Allie Florence Reed

Born in Benton, Arkansas, USA on 1900 [15 JUL 1900 in Lowell, Arkansas] to Levi Baxter Reed and Theodocia E Owenby. Allie Florence married Allen Byron Smith [ 21 JUN 1919] and had 3 children. She passed away on 14 Jul 1970 in Commerce, Ottawa, Oklahoma, USA.


Allen Byron Smith

Born in Arkansas, USA on 1896 [19 JUN 1896 in Benton Co., Ark.] to Allen Woodward Smith and Sarah Elizabeth Patton. Allen Byron married Allie Florence Reed and had 3 children. He passed away on 1973 [30 MAR 1973] in Washington, Arkansas, USA.

Rootsweb World connect family trees:

Has her place of birth correct, Iowa.
Updated: 2010-08-14

1. Velma Elnora Smith b: 3 APR 1920 in Hastings, Iowa
2. Reed Smith b: 30 JUN 1921 in Council Bluffs, Iowa
3. Vonda Smith b: 9 NOV 1926 in Springdale, Arkansas

Has Allen Byron Marriage 2 Irene Bookout Williams


Has her place of birth Arkansas.
Updated: 2015-08-20
Sent Post-em.

1. Velma Elnora Smith b: 03 APR 1920 in Silent Grove, Arkansas, Benton County
2. Reed Allen Smith b: 30 JUN 1921
3. Vonda Laverne Smith b: 09 NOV 1926

*~* is NOT working for me, anyway, at this time.

I googled Allie Florence Reed Smith and found this message board from long ago.


Family Members


See more Beckner memorials in:





  • Created by: Orlena
  • Added: 6 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42768731
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Velma Elnora Smith Beckner (3 Apr 1920–6 Oct 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42768731, ; Maintained by Orlena (contributor 46627566) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.