Pantagraph - March 22, 1935
Mrs. Mary E. Smith Dies in Champaign
Mrs. Mary E. Smith, daughter of Jacob and Catherine Frank, pioneer residents of Bloomington, died at noon Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Rayburn of Champaign. Death was due to complications of age.
Mrs. Smith was born at Somerset, Pa, April 5, 1844. Mrs. Smith was the last of a family of nine children.
In 1874 she was united in marriage with John A. Smith of Bloomington, who with son, Harry F., preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Fred Rayburn of Champaign, and one son, Ed J. Smith of Downs. There are also several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Downs Methodist Episcopal church. She had spent a greater part of her life there.
The funeral will be held at the Downs church at 1:30 p. m. Saturday. Burial will be made in Hopewell cemetery near Downs.
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