Ethel M. Smith


(Sept. 13, 2007)

Funeral services will be conducted today (Tuesday, Sept. 18) at 10 a.m. at Union Presbyterian Church for Ethel M. Smith of Powell who died Thursday, Sept. 13 with family at her side at the Powell Valley Care Center. She was 85.

The Rev. Mary Davis will officiate at services and burial next to her husband, Warren Smith, in Crown Hill Cemetery.

She was born June 1, 1922, in Providence, R.I., to Thomas and Ethel Leavitt. She graduated from Central High School in Providence and married Warren L. Smith there on April 8, 1944.

After her husband’s discharge from the U.S. Navy, they lived in Laramie where he was completing his education at the University of Wyoming. They lived briefly in Torrington, then spent from 1956-1958 in Kabul, Afghanistan during an extension agricultural assignment, after which Powell became their home.

She was a homemaker and volunteer. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the North End Club, Daughters of the Nile, American Legion Auxiliary, Powell Hospital Auxiliary and the Homesteader Museum Board. Ethel was a Sunday School teacher, a 4-H leader and a Boy and Girl Scout leader.

She enjoyed her family, camping, fishing, rock hunting and crafts.

Survivors include daughters Patricia Sanborn of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Diane Feather (Lee) of Sheridan; a son, Gerald Smith of Sheridan; granddaughter, Heather Sanborn Duysen (Mike) and great-granddaughter, Riley Duysen, all of Colorado Springs.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Warren Smith; four siblings; and grandson, Larry Sanborn.

For those who wish, memorial gifts may be made to the Presbyterian Church or Powell Valley Hospital. Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.