|Ethel Marie Smith, 81, of Galva, died at 7:10 PM, Friday, September 14, 2012 at the Kewanee Care Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, September 18 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. Pastor Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church or the Galva Senior Citizen Center. Rux Funeral Home in Galva, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born on August 17, 1931 in Salem Twp., Knox County, the daughter of Henry and Manila (Chambers) Emken. She married Harold L. Smith on February 7, 1954 in Henderson Grove, IL. He survives, as do a son, Roger (Debbie) Smith of Galva, a daughter, Leona Smith of Florida, two grandchildren, Jason and Krystle Smith, four great grandchildren and two brothers, Ralph Emken of Havana, IL and Everett Emken of St. David, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister-in-law, Shirley Emken.
Ethel had worked beside her husband for most of her life starting out farming and raising chickens. They also sold peaches from Michigan and then in 1980, started a lawn mowing service that she was active doing until just about a month ago. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and the Galva Senior Citizen Center where she enjoyed playing bingo. She also enjoyed making and selling craft items.