Rose M. Smith


(Sept. 19, 2007)

Rose M. Smith, 86, Powell, died Wednesday, Sept. 19 in Cody of natural causes.

She was born July 22, 1921, in Columbus, Ohio, to Charles and Emma Klausman. She attended schools in Columbus and graduated from high school there. She then worked for Curtis-Wright Aircraft Company and was known at the plant as “Rosie the Riveter.”

Later, she went into nurses training in Detroit, Mich., graduating as a Registered Nurse. She practiced nursing in Detroil, Miami Beach, Fla., Sturgis, S.D. and at the W.R. Coe Memorial Hospital in Cody.  She retired from nursing in 1974.

She married Merlin Smith Feb. 23, 1949, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. One son, Charles (Charley) Smith, was born to that union. Charley lived for many years in the Cody area and now lives near Shell.

Rose is survived by her husband, Merlin, of Powell; son and daughter-in-law, Charley and Diana Smith of Shell; grandchildren and their spouses, Amie and Tim and Joshua and Lisa; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Alysa. She is also survived by a sister, Elizabeth Nelson.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Cody.