Charlotte Smith, age 105, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away Monday, February 3, 2014 at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Society of Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was born on December 20, 1908 in Walter, Russia to Christian & Elizabeth (Gies) Butherus.
In 1910, Charlotte and her family moved to Bartley, Nebraska. Her father would work for Burlington-Northern Railroad. Later they would move to Cambridge and then to Holbrook, Nebraska. She attended Holbrook High School and graduated with the class of 1928. She married Clyde Smith on May 28, 1937 at Norton, Kansas. They started out traveling the country with a donkey ball team for 16 years (Charlotte referred to this as her honeymoon) then owned a peanut farm in Oklahoma then a cafe in Kansas city. Then moved to Oregon and began painting houses and buildings. In the early 60’s they moved back to Arapahoe, Nebraska and worked at painting in the Arapahoe area. She enjoyed fishing, walking, and being a caretaker of other family members. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Holbrook, Nebraska and later of the Arapahoe Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clyde, step-son Clyde Jr. (Jack) Smith, Sisters: Kathryn Butherus, Marie (Ed) Atkins, Elizabeth (Warren) Sams, Leta Butherus, Alice (Herb) Griess, Phyllis Remington, & Brother-In-Law William Glen Magnum.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law Darleen Smith of California
Sister: Pauline Magnum of Texas City, Texas
Brother-In-Law: Arthur & wife Marcia Remington of Lincoln, Nebraska
2 Grandchildren: Lori (Doug) Whaley, Melinda Smith
Great grandchildren: Sean (Jen) Whaley, Devon Whaley, Brenna (Iselin,) Tobias
Great-Great Grandchildren: Caitlyn Whaley, George Tobias
and a Host of Nieces & Nephews
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation will be Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 10 AM till 8 PM and family greeting from 4 PM till 6 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home, Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM at the Arapahoe Christian Church, in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor David Welch, officiating. Interment will be at Arapahoe Cemetery at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials may be left in her name. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.