Cora Smith, 96Cora Mary Smith, 96, died May 22, 2012.
Cora Mary Smith, 96, died May 22, 2012.
Cora was born February 3, 1916 on a farm in Germania Township, Todd County to Charlie H. and Catherine E. (Shaffer) Hayes. Cora was the youngest of eight children. When she was 3, the family moved to a 40-acre farm one mile north of Clarissa.
Cora attended school in Clarissa through the 8th grade. After graduation, Cora did housework at Long Prairie and Clarissa. On November 29, 1934 she married Veril E. Smith in Little Falls. Prior to moving to a farm near Eagle Bend in 1938, they lived for a short time at Little Falls and Brainerd, where Veril was employed as a baker. They moved to Alexandria in 1968.
Cora was always busy. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, playing cards, flowers, fishing, square dancing, playing the piano/organ, weaving rugs, crafts and spent several winters in Texas with a friend.
Cora and Veril were members of United Methodist Church. From 1972 to 1982, Veril was custodian at the church with Cora assisting. Her first job in Alexandria was working one summer at Anderson Greenhouse. She also was a cook at the Holiday Inn for six years and at Pilgrim Point Bible Camp four summers.
Veril died March 14, 1989. In April 2006 Cora moved to Windmill Ponds (assisted living) in Alexandria, where she enjoyed living for six years. On April 25, 2012 Cora moved to Eventide Lutheran Homes in Moorhead.
Cora is survived by her son, Edgar V. (Louella), of Moorhead; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers and sisters, Homer, Chester, Justin, Mabel Beattie, Marie Prairie, Helen Schroeder and Nettie Gjerstad.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, May 30 at Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Hansen officiating. Burial was at Hope Cemetery in Eagle Bend.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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