Odessa City Cemetery 


                                                                                   Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach




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We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.   These have NOT been confirmed by the Odessa City Clerk, but are documentation found within the county that purport to have been buried in Odessa. In many instances (?) will denote that there is some likelihood of error. 

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.


Seibel, Coral,   (added; d. 2-11-2005) “Coral (Wolverton) Seibel died Friday, Feb 11, 2005, in Moses Lake. She was 91 years old. She was born May 2, 1913, at the family homestead near Pacific Lake, north of Odessa, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Lessenhop) Wolverton. She grew up at the resort her parents established the shores of Pacific Lake. The resort offered boating, fishing, swimming and picnicking and had a pavilion where Fourth of July celebrations were held.  After her father died in 1927, Coral helped her mother run the resort. She learned how to repair boats in preparation for the fishing season, wielding a hammer and patching tools as well as any man could. Today, the resort site is a picnic area and boat launch within the Bureau of Land Management’s Lakeview Recreation Area.  Coral was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1932.  She married Henry Seibel on Dec 1, 1933. They made their home at the resort and also operated a farm. They moved to town in 1964. Mr. Seibel died in 1972. Coral was a bus driver and cook for the Odessa School District for many years.  After retiring, she cooked for the Odessa Senior Center and helped  with the RSVP program, driving others to their appointments.  She moved to Moses Lake in 1998 to be closer to her daughters and for health reasons. She continued to live there until her death. She was a member of the English Congregational Church (now Heritage Church) in Odessa. She is survived by two daughters, Lorraine (and Donald) Burghard and Cheryl (and David) Parham, all of Moses Lake; one son, Gary Seibel, of Odessa; five grandchildren, Judith Kay Burghard-Rice, Michelle Ann LaRoche, Barret Donald Burghard, Russel Lee Burghard and Thomas Henry Parham, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Vicki Sue Burghard, in 1986; one sister, Edna, and three infant brothers, and one half sister and brother.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb 16, at the Odessa Foursquare Church (formerly the English Congregational Church), with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2-17-2005)

Seibel, Henry,   (d. 1-13-1944; b. 1-21-1873; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Heinrich Seibel. Aged: 70 yrs 11 mos 23 days.  Dated: Jan 16, 1944. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Henry Seibel. Residence: Odessa, WA. Birth: Jan 21, 1873, Russia.  Death: Jan 13, 1944, Monitor, WA. Husband of Mary. Aged: 70 yrs, 11 mos 23 days. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Father: Lenhart Seibel, born Russia. Mother: Mary Herget/Hergert, born Russia.  Physician: Dr Bevis, Wenatchee, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Funeral: St Mathews Church, 2 p.m., Rev J. P. Flemmer. Interment: 1-16-44.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services were held from the St Matthews Congregational church on Sunday for Henry Seibel, 71, who died Thursday morning, the Rev J. P. Flemmer officiating. Arrangements were in charge of the Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Con H Eckhardt, Wentel Weber, Robert Hoefel, Adam Libsack, J B Odell and Jacob Zeiler, Sr.  Mr. Seibel was born in Russia, Jan 21, 1873, and in 1891 was married to Miss Marie Katherine Brethauer. In 1908 he came to America and located on a ranch, retiring in 1935 to make his home in town.  He was taken to a Wenatchee hospital in December and from there to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Grentz, at Monitor, where death came. Survivors include the widow, at the home here, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Seibel, Portland, and Mrs. Emma Grentz, Monitor; three sons, Alfred, Portland; Sgt William, with the armed forces; and Henry, Odessa. All of the children were home for the funeral services.” (Odessa Record: 1-20-1944) “Henry Seibel, Sr., retired rancher, died this morning at Monitor, according to word received here. The body will be brought to Odessa for burial, with the funeral to be held form the St Matthews Congregational Church. Plans have not been completed. Survivors include the widow, at the home here, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Seibel, Portland and Mrs. Emma Grentz, Monitor, three sons, Alfred, Portland; Sgt William, with the armed forces, and Henry, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 1-13-1944)

Seibel, Henry,   (d. 1972; b. 1908; TS; OC; dc) “Seibel, Henry.  Died: 1-01-1972.  Birth: 8-29-1908, WA.  Spouse: Cora Wolverton.  Father; Henry Seibel.  Mother; Mary Brethouer.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co health death card) “The community of Odessa was saddened Saturday morning, New Year’s Day, by the death of Henry Seibel, custodian for Odessa School District 105 since the fall of 1964. Mr. Seibel, who died at his home of a heart attack, was 63. Mr. Seibel spent his entire life in or near the Odessa area. He was born on August 29, 1908, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seibel. His boyhood was spent on a farm near Almira. On December 1 1933, he was united in marriage to Coral Wolverton. They resided on their farm 8 miles north of Odessa near Pacific Lake for 33 years. In the fall of 1964 he sold the farm and moved to town, at which time he accepted employment with the Odessa School District. he had been a bus driver from 1946-67. He is survived by his wife, Coral V at the home; two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Lorraine) Burghard of Moses Lake, Cheryl at home, and one son, Gary at the home; one brother, William of Monitor; two sisters, Mrs. Otto (Emma) Grams of Monitor, and Mrs. John (Mary) Litt of Portland, OR; 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. A brother, Alfred, preceded him in death in 1964. Funeral services were held Jan 4 at the English Congregational church in Odessa under the direction of Strates Funeral Home. Pastor Douglas Roberts officiated at the services. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Pallbearers included Bill Hardt, Spencer James, Herb Mills, Art Schauerman, Sam Homburg, and Hank Reihs. Honorary bearers were John Deife, Bob Marshall, Art Deife, Fred Scrupps, Oscar Widmer and Earl Meise. Ione Zeiler was soloist for the service, with Ruth Suchland at the organ.” (Odessa Record: 6 Jan 1972)

Seibel, Maria,   (d. 1952; b. 1872; TS; OC; Cong) “Mrs. Mary Seibel. Birth: 20 Jan 1872; Died: 3 Sept 1952.  Stroke; 5 children.” (Congregational Church ledger by Rev E. G. Klein) “Funeral services for Mr. Maria Seibel, 80, were held from the United Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon, the Rev E. G. Klein officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers were Conrad Libsack, Henry Walter, George Kissler, Robert Hoefel, Jacob Derr and Dan Frieske. Music at the service included a duet by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walter.  Miss Maria Bretthauer was born at Brunnentahl, Russia, Jan 20, 1872, and grew to womanhood there. She was married in 1891 to Henry Seibel. M.r Seibel died in 1944, and three children also preceded their mother in death. In 1908 they came to Washington and have lived in the Odessa area the past 25 years.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Emma Grentz, Wenatchee, and Mrs. Mary Litt, Portland; three sons, Alfred of Portland; William of Butte, Montana; and Henry, of Odessa. All the children were home for the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 9-18-1952)

Seibel:  William R Seibel, 66, a long time resident of Monitor and Cashmere, WA, died Saturday, Aug 8, 1981 in the Cashmere Convalescent Center.  William was born June 23, 1915 on his parents’ farm near Wheeler, WA and later attended schools at Almira and Odessa . He worked at various jobs until WW II when he served with the US Army for six years, seeing action in the European theater. Stationed in Germany he was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1947. His later years were spent in the Monitor-Cashmere area, where he engaged in orchard work.  Survivors include two sisters, Mrs Otto (Emma) Grams of Monitor and Mrs John (Mary) Lett of Portland, OR; and several nieces and nephews. William’s parents and two brothers preceded him in death. Mrs Henry Seibel and son Gary attended the William ‘Bill’ Seibel funeral at Cashmere , Tuesday, August 11.” (Odessa Record: 8-20-1981)  

Sewall, Carol Uhrich   (d. 6-30-1997; b. 9-13-1928; TS; OC; dc) “Carol Dean Sewall. Died: 6-30-1997. Birth: 9-13-1928, Odessa, WA.  Spouse: Robert Sewall. Father: Henry Uhrich.  Mother: Elsie Edwina Kuest. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Carol (Uhrich) Sewall died on June 30, 1997, in Davenport. She was 68 years old. She was a native of Odessa and had been a resident of Harrington for more than 40 years. She was born Sept 13, 1928, the daughter of Henry and Elsie (Kuest) Uhrich. She grew up and attended school in Odessa, graduating from Odessa High School in 1946. She later moved to Harrington where she ran a beauty salon for several years. While in Harrington, she met Robert Sewall. They were married on Apr 29, 1949, in Odessa. The two continued to live in Harrington where they owned and operated Sewall Excavating. She was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, Eagles Lodge Aries #2, of Spokane, a 20-year member of the election board in Harrington and bookkeeper for Sewall Excavating for more than 40 years. She was an avid bridge player. She is survived by her husband, Robert Sewall, at the home; three daughters, Ilona Wiley and her husband Larry, of Spokane; Heidi Sewall and her husband Bruce Kelley of Redmond, WA, and Amy Philadelphia and her husband Michael, of Reston, VA; two grandchildren, Fiona Kelly and Allayna Philadelphia; two sisters, Rita Voise and Sharen Pfeifer, both of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews. Private family services have been held. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-July 10, 1997)

Shaffer (see Schafer)  

Shrauger, Clarence ‘Toad’,   (added) “Toad Shrauger, of Odessa, died Aug 14, 2007, at the age of 75, following complications from heart surgery. Toad was born in Lewistown, Montana. While he was an infant, his family moved to Colville, WA, where he attended grade school through high school.  Wile in high School, he worked at R. E. Lees Grocery as a box boy and in the meat department. After high school he served two years in the Coast Guard, stationed on the Oregon coast. He then returned to Colville, working at and subsequently purchasing the Colville Meat Market. He sold the market and moved to Odessa in 1968. He became the meat cutter at Brown’s Thrift, which in now called Denny’s Foods. He continued to cut meat there for 39 years, until the day before his surgery. He is survived by his son Bob and wife Jaki Shrauger and his three grandchildren, Rebecca, Rachel and Robert Shrauger, all of Deer Park; his brother Jack and wife Phyllis of Hoquiam, WA, and their two children, Mike Shrauger of Hoquiam, and Lynn and husband Rick Doughty of Portland, OR.  Toad was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Lloyd Shrauger. Toad was very active in the Odessa community. He was involved in various clubs and organizations. He enjoyed golfing, the Cougars, being a snowbird in Arizona and spending time with his many friends.  He attended many trapshooting events, basketball, baseball, softball games, chess tournaments, parades and 4-H events. Three very important people to Toad were his grandchildren. Graveside services were held at the Odessa Cemetery Aug 21, with Pastor Jerry Malone, officiating. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Aug 2007)

Shrauger, Lloyd L., (WW II; d. 9-26-1985; b. 8-28-1922; TS; OC)

Sieverkropp, John,   (d. 12-20-1940; b. 1865; TS; OC; Strates) “John Sieverkropp. Residence: Windlock, WA. Death: Dec 20, 1940. Informant: Herman Sieverkropp. Body shipped in to mortuary.”

Sieverkropp, Wm,  s/o John  (d. 12-26-1919; b. 1-11-1894; TS; OC; DC) “William Sieverkupp. Male, white, single, rancher, farm worker, Birth: Jan 11, 1894 in Lincoln, NE; Age: 25 yrs 11 mos 15 days. Father: John Sieverkupp born Germany; Mother: Gusta Peuck born Germany. Death: Dec 26, 1919 at 10 p.m., Dist #2, Adams County. Cause: paralysis of respiratory. Contributory: diabetes melletis. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa, WA. Dec 29, 1919. G B Stone, Odessa, undertaker.” (WA State Certificate of Death)   “William Sieverkropp, the 26 year old son of John Sieverkropp, died at his home about ten miles south of Odessa Sunday after an illness of only three days. His death came as a shock to his friends for only a few days before he had been in Odessa in apparently his usual state of health. His death was due to diabetes. Mr. Sieverkropp was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Jan 11, 1893. His mother died when he was small boy and he was one of three children reared by a father’s care. Later the family moved to the Odessa country and he soon became known as an industrious and capable young farmer. The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday, the Rev H Brockman officiating, after which the remains were brought to Odessa for interment at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2 Jan 1920)

Silveira, Barbara B.,  (d. 1957; b. 1876; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Mrs. Barbara Silveira, 80, were held from St Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday morning. Rosary was Tuesday evening. The Rev Father Roy E. Thelen officiated. Burial was in the Odessa Catholic Cemetery.  Mrs. Silveira was born June 29, 1876, in Portugal. She was a sister of the late Tony Brown of Odessa. She and her husband operated a ranch at the head of Pacific Lake for many years, farming and operating a boat service.  With advancing years the two made their home with a neighbor, Tony Neves, and when he retired to town the home here became the family home. Her husband, Joe Silveira, preceded her in death.  There are no immediate survivors except nephews and nieces in the Creston and Almira areas, the family of Tony Brown.” (Odessa Record: 2-28-1957) 

Silveira, Joze M.,   (d. 1953; b. 1873; TS; OC; dc) “Jose Machado Silveira. Died: 8-17-1953.  Birth: 2-04-1873-Portugal. Married.  Father: Tony Silveira. Mother: unknown.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning from St Joseph Catholic Church for Joze Machado Silveria (Joe Silva), who died at his home here on Monday morning. Rosary was held at the Strate Funeral Home Tuesday evening. Father Jos. W Brunner officiated, and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Pall bearers were Louis Kremsreiter, Frank and Clem Groh, R. J. Collins, Frank Horak and William Geissler.  Joze Silveria was born in Santa Barbara, Portugal, Feb 4, 1873, and came to America in 1890, going first to California, later homesteading near Ritzville. In 1905 he was married to Barbara Brown. After three years on the homestead, he spent a year at Spokane, then moved to a ranch seven miles north of Odessa at the head of Pacific Lake.  There he operated a hay and cattle ranch, and for several years rented boats on the lake as a resort. In 1937 he sold this place and he and Mrs. Silveria moved in with Tony Neves, a neighbor and good friend. They lived on the Neves ranch until last year, when Mr. Neves and the family moved to town. He had lived 42 years in this community, and 63 years in the state. He is survived by his widow, Barbara, and his friend, Tony Neves, at the home, and nieces and nephews in the area.”  (Odessa Record: 4-20-1953)

Simons, infant,  d/o Ray  (d. 9-19-16; b. 9-19-16; Odessa; DC; dc) “Unnamed Female Simons. Died: 19 Sept 1916, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 19 September-stillborn. Mother: Dradie Kulp, WA; Father: Ray Simons, Michigan.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery?, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)  “Unnamed infant Simons. Female, white, single. Birth: 9-19-1916, 4 miles E. of Odessa. Father: Ray Simons born MI; Mother: Dradie Kulp born WA. Informant: (not shown). Death: stillborn 9-19-1916, Dist #6, Odessa, WA. H Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA. on 9-19-1920.” (WA State Register of Death; burial date is written over, reading as 19th or 20th, cemetery not specified, no information of undertaker)

Simpson, Charles A.,  h/o Gerh.  (d. 9-25-1944; b. 5-17-1876; TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Charles A Simpson.  Died: 9-25-1944.  Birth: 5-17-1876-Illinois.  Spouse: Gerdardina;  Father: J H Simpson; Mother: Amenda ??.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “The final report of Mrs. Gerhardine Simpson of Odessa as executrix of the estate of her husband, Charles A Simpson, was approved and the $7065. estate was ordered distributed to Mrs. Simpson.” (Citizen: 8-03-1945) “Charles A Simpson. Residence: Odessa, WA. Birth: 5-17-1876, Clarkasdale, IL. Death: 9-25-1944, at Odessa, WA. Aged: 68 yrs 4 mos 8 days. Male, white, married, tourist cabin manager. Husband of Gerhandina. Father: J H Simpson. Mother: Amenda. Cause of death: carcinoma of stomach. Physician: L. J. Bonney. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA, on 9-29-1944. Funeral: Eng. Congregational Church, Friday, 2 p.m., Rev Galle.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Simpson, David Henry,  s/o J.  (d. 2-07-1920; b. 6-01-1885; TS; OC; obit; DC; dc) “George Simpson arrived the first of the week from Colorado to attend the funeral of his deceased brother, Dave Simpson.” (Odessa Record-Feb 20, 1920) “David Henry Simpson. Male, white, married, well driller. Birth: 6-01-1885-Missouri, Benton City.  Father: James Simpson, born KY.  Mother: Amanda Robertson, born Iowa. Informant: Chas Simpson of Odessa, WA. Died: 2-07-1920, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln Co. Cause: pneumonia Bronchial. Secondary: influenza. L. M. Thompson, MD, of Odessa. Buried: Odessa, WA. G B Stone, undertaker.” (Lincoln County Health death card & WA State Register of death; cemetery not specified on either) “The second Odessa victim of the flu which has been so prevalent for past two weeks was Dave Simpson, who died of pneumonia following an attack of the disease about midnight Saturday. His age was 35 years. Mr. Simpson has been a resident of Odessa for about 15 years coming here in 1915 from his native state Missouri to help his brother, Charles Simpson on his well drill. Later he purchased a drill, went into business for himself and followed the business up to the time of his death. About six years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Glee Emery, and unto this union four children were born. He contracted the disease while working on the town well, and his case failed to respond to treatment and pneumonia developed and then the end soon came. At the time of his death the entire family were stricken by the epidemic. Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his loss his brother, Charles Simpson, and a mother who still resides in Missouri. It was planned to hold the funeral service Tuesday but on that date every relative of his at Odessa was down with the disease so the funeral was postponed indefinitely. The body is embalmed and at the Stone undertaking parlors. Date of the funeral will be announced later.” (Odessa Record: 13 Feb 1920)  “The funeral of David Simpson was conducted by undertaker G. B. Stone Wednesday at the English Congregational church, the Rev J C Evans officiating after which his body was laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: Feb 20, 1920)

Simpson, Gerhardina,  w/o CA  (d. 10-26-1950; b. 8-14-1873; TS; OC; dc) “Simpson, Gerhardina.  Died: 10-26-1950.  Birth: 8-12-1873, MN.  Widowed.  Father: Jacob E. Luiten.  Mother: Eliza Mae Kuhlman.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co health death card) “Funeral services for Mrs. Gerhardina Luiten Simpson, who died last Thursday morning after a brief stay at the Veterans Memorial hospital, were held from the English Congregational church on Sunday afternoon, the Rev R. H. Satterfield officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Nephews acted as pallbearers, including Herbert Burghard, Fred Hildebrandt, Walter and Loran Westerman, Kenneth Fisher and Alvin H Luiten.  Mrs. James Lyons sang two numbers, accompanying herself on the organ, and also played organ music at intervals during the service. Gerhardina (Dena) Luiten was born in Glencoe, MN, Aug 14, 1873, where she spent her girlhood, and came to Washington in 1891, where other members of the family had settled. In 1898 she took up her own homestead. In 1908 she married C A Simpson, and she and her husband lived here until his death some years ago, after which she continued living in the family home.  She is survived by four brothers, John, Pete and Alfred, of Odessa, and William Luiten of Everett; four sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Fisher, Reardan; Mrs. Minnie Foote, Spokane; Mrs. Emma Amen and Mrs. Lillian Burghard, Ritzville.” (Odessa Record: 11-02-1950)

Smeltzer, Clara Melvine,  (added)  (Died: 28 March 1929, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 19 Nov 1917, Mold?, WA.  Mother: Lella Wilson, born WA.  Father: Clarence D. Smeltzer, born IN.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co health death card)

Smith, Anna C. Jerlinski,   (d. 10-30-1932; b. 7-07-1898; w/o Wm P; TS; OC; dc) “Anna C Smith. Died: 30 Oct 1932, Odessa, WA. Birth: 7 July 1898, New Jersey.  Spouse: William P Smith. Mother: unknown, birthplace unknown.  Father: William Jerlinski, birthplace unknown.  Burial: Catholic Cemetery, Odessa, WA-apparently moved into Odessa Cemetery as that is where her grave is in the cemetery book.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Anna C Smith, 34, wife of William P Smith, died at her home here on Sunday, after a short illness, and was buried from the St Joseph Catholic Church on Tuesday afternoon. She had lived in Odessa for the past 13 years. Mr. and Mrs. Smith met while he was serving in the United States army during the World War and were married in December, 1919. At the end of the war, Mr. Smith obtained his discharge papers and returned to Odessa with his bride, arriving her in July, 1920. Seven children were born to the union. Survivors include  her husband, William P. Smith, at the family home; one daughter, Ella, and six sons, Haddie, Francis, Lawrence, Freddie, Jimmie and Bennie, all at home; mother, Mrs. William Jerlinski; four sisters, Rose, Cecelia, Dot and Agnes; two brothers, Val and Paul, all of New Jersey. The funeral services were presided over by the Rev Father Beston of the local parish. Pallbearers included Tony Neves, Zieg and Carl Praetorius, Fran and Tony Groh, and Tom Havlicak. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery, the funeral services in charge of H H Strate.” (Odessa Record: 11-04-1932)

Smith, Anna F.,  w/o Wm L.  (d. 10-19-1931; b. 11-15-1875; TS; OC;  Strates; dc) “Smith, Anna F.  Died: 19 Oct 1931, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 15 Nov 1875, Ireland.  Spouse: William L Smith.  Mother: unknown, born Ireland.  Father: Laurence Hennessy, born Ireland. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co health death card)

Smith, Anna R. Havlicek,   (d. 1972; b. 1899; TS; OC; dc) “Anna Rose Smith. Died: 2-05-1972.  Birth: 3-14-1899, Minnesota.  Widowed.  Father: Thomas Havlicek. Mother; Sophia Neptras. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Anna Rose Smith, long time resident and pioneer of the Odessa area, passed away early Saturday evening after a prolonged illness. Born on a farm near Jackson, Minnesota, on March 14, 1899, she was the daughter of Thomas Havlicek and Sophia Nepras. Mr. Havlicek was a descendant of Karl Havlicek of Borovsky, honored political leader of the Slovakian fight for independence from Austria, and world famous journalist, renowned for his support of democracy and often called the Father of Modern Journalism. Tom came to America in the early 1800’s and was a veteran in the Civil and French and Indian Wars. At the turn of the century, the family moved to a farm northwest of Odessa, where Anna’s father died when she was 16, after which Anna worked as a housekeeper for a nearby household, along with her brothers, who also worked away from home to help support the family.  On Oct 29, 1920, she was married to Mark P. Smith, son of a prominent rancher-businessman and pioneer of Odessa, W. L. Smith. After their marriage, they were in association with Mark’s father in the operation of the family’s ranch north of Odessa until ‘Sheep’ Smith’s death, at which time they took over the Smith holdings and substantially increased both the acreage and productivity of the ranch, until Mark died, a week before their 31st wedding anniversary in 1951.  After his death, she handed the operation of the ranch over to her sons. Since then, she has lived in Odessa and has been active in civic groups. She was a member of the congregation of St Joseph Catholic Church and was past president of the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors, Odessa Grange and other groups. During her lifetime Anna Smith was known to her friends as being cheerful and kind, and even to the time of her death, never lost hold of that virtue.  Through her unselfish generosity, she has aided many community projects, including being a gold star member of the new museum. Shortly before her death, she established the Anna R Smith Memorial Fund through the Holy Names Foundation of Spokane, which will consist of perpetual  funds dedicated to the education of today’s youth. The Fund is to be increased in her memory by her descendants to fulfill her last wish to further the education of young people in colleges of our state. In her absence, the fund is to be attended by her grandson, Myron D. Smith of Odessa. Anna Smith is survived by her daughters, Irene Marchand, of Bremerton; her three sons, W T Smith, Ben L Smith, and Don L Smith, all of Odessa; and by her three brothers residing in American Falls, Idaho, Frank Havlicak, Henry Havlicak, and Bill Havlicak. Also left to mourn her passing are 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Prayers were said on Sunday for Mrs Smith at St Joseph Catholic Church during a mass by his Excellency, Bernard J. Topel, Bishop of the diocese of Spokane. The Rosary service was held at the Church Monday evening and the funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Officiating at the Holy Mass was Monseigneur Anton Flour, priest of the Odessa-Harrington parish. Interment was at the Odessa cemetery in the family plot under the direction of Strate Funeral Home.  Pall bearers at the service were Louis Kremsreiter, Clem Groh, Sr., Al Scheibner, Henry Wolff, Jr., Dan Giese, Henry Michaelsen, Jr.  Honorary pall bearers were James Marchand, Gary Smith, Terry Smith, Rex Smith, Craig Smith, Myron Smith, Colby Smith, Sidney Smith, and Mark Smith.” (Odessa Record: 10 Feb 1972)

Smith, Ben L.,   (d. 6-09-2001; b. 1-09-1930; TS; OC; obit) “A funeral Mass for Ben L. Smith, an Odessa native and a member of one of the area’s first pioneer families, was celebrated on Wednesday, June 13, at St Joseph Catholic Church. Mr. Smith, who was 71 years old, died Saturday, June 9, 2001, at his home in Odessa. He was born Jan 9, 1930, in Odessa, the son of Mark P and Anna (Havlicek) Smith. He was the grandson of W L Smith, who is 1884 was the first settler in the Odessa area. Ben grew up on the family ranch northeast of Odessa. He attended schools in Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School in 1948. He married Betty Jean Decker on Jan 1950, in Spokane. He was an owner of and applicator with Smith Air, of Odessa. He was a member of St Joseph Church, the Odessa Lions Club, Odessa Flying Club, Odessa Riders Club, AOPA, Pacific Northeast Aerial Applicators Assn, and the Idaho Outfitters and Guide Assn. He is survived by his wife Betty Jean (Decker) Smith at the home; four children, Rex Smith, Lind; Craig Smith, Odessa; Myron Smith, Los Angeles; and Devon Smith, Medical Lake; 7 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Bill Smith, of Davenport, and Don Smith, of Odessa; one sister, Irene Marchand, of Moses Lake; Nancy Korte, of Arizona, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Roy Floch officiated at the funeral. Inurnment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 6-14-2001)

Smith, Betty Jean (Decker) (added); “Betty Jean (Decker) Smith. May 6, 1933-Feb 6, 2010. As a farm wife and life mate for 51 years to Ben L Smith, Betty spent her life as mother, backcountry cook, airport secretary, store merchant, bookkeeper, as well as caretaker of parents, friends, relatives, children and pets. She lived most of her life in hometown Odessa and only recently in Spokane. She spent several years in Kamiah and Kooskia, ID, and Lind, WA. Betty was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church and Alter Society of Odessa. She is survived by son, Rex, Craig, Myron and their spouses, and daughter Devon Rauenzahn and spouse. Grandchildren Scott Smith, Anna Rosentrater, Travis Smith, Shawn Smith, Kayli Smith, Chris (TC) Alley, Ben Uhron; Great grandchildren Shay and Elijah Alley; and many others that were near and dear to her heart. Services will be held with a Rosary and viewing Friday, Feb 19 at 7 pm. and funeral Mass Saturday, Feb 20 at 11 a.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)

Smith, Chester S.,   (d. 12-14-2000; b. 2-28-1922; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Chester S Smith, a lifetime resident of Adams County, were held Monday, Dec 18, at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa, with Pastor Don Smith officiating. Mr. Smith, who was 78 years old, died Thursday, Dec 14, 2000 at the Life Care Center in Ritzville. He was a member of the pioneer Warren A Smith family. He was born on the family farm near Lind on Feb 28, 1922. He attended country schools and then graduated from Ritzville High School in 1940. He entered the US Navy during World War II, serving from August 1942 to Feb 1946. He married Marciel Sackmann, of Odessa, on March 17, 1946, and they began farming with his father. They later moved to the Beale place where they farmed for more than 46 years. Marciel and Chester moved to Ritzville in 1990, and he semi-retired from farming in 1993. He was a member of Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where he taught Sunday School and served as church secretary and treasurer. He was a board member of the Lind Grange Supply, a member of the WAWG and the Ritzville Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was named honorary chapter farmer by the Lind FFA. Surviving are his wife Marciel at the family home; sons Roger Smith and wife Christina, of Selah, and Timothy Smith and wife Michelle, of Lind; a daughter Kathy Balcom and husband Dave, of Lind; nine grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 6 step-grandchildren; a brother, Herbert Smith of Colbert; and two sisters, Vera Nissen and Violet Kalamon, both of Spokane. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 12-21-2000)

Smith, Christine,   (d. 8-14-1968; b. 8-22-1887; TS; OC)Smith, Christine “Christina Smith.—Her home, Odessa, WA. Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Mills, Odessa, WA; Mrs. Louella Streeter, Quincy, WA; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren. Funeral services Saturday, Aug 17 at 2 p.m. from the United Congregational Church, Odessa, WA. Interment Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 8-17-1968) 

Smith, Elizabeth B. Drew,  (added) “Elizabeth B, (Betty) Smith, longtime Odessa resident and former administrator of Odessa Memorial Hospital, died Sunday, Sept 18, 2005, in Davenport, at the age of 89.  She was born July 26, 1916, in Chicago, the oldest of three children of David M and Blanche (Archibald) Drew.  When she was a young girl, her family moved to Casper, WY, and then to Gillette, WY, where they owned a cattle and sheep ranch.  Betty attended country school and high school in Gillette, graduating in 1935. She enjoyed her music classes and playing the tenor saxophone in the band. She also learned the piano as a young girl. Following graduation, she worked for a local photography studio and was considering a career in this field, when instead she joined her sister Josephine at nursing school in Deadwood, SD.  Betty graduated from St Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1940, receiving her RN license the same year. After working in California for a year, she returned to Gillette to work in a small hospital owned by her brother-in-law, who was a doctor.  Betty married Leo G Smith in Roundup, MT, on Dec 9, 1943. The couple moved to Montana, where Betty continued working as an RN. Their son Ron was born in 1955 and daughter Rhonda in 1958. The family moved to Odessa in 1960 after Betty accepted a nursing position at Odessa Memorial Hospital. She assumed the role of director of nurses and then was hospital administrator for the remaining 13 years of her career. Betty retired in 1986 after 25 years at Odessa Memorial Hospital.  Betty remained dedicated to the community, its medical facility, her co-workers and her profession. She was also a loving and devoted parent to her children. She was a longtime member of the Odessa EMT Association and was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church and Altar Society. She was a member of the Odessa VFW Auxiliary. Hobbies she enjoyed included gardening, music, reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting and spending time with her family. Her greatest pleasure was helping to care for her grandchildren and sharing in their activities. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Josephine McHenry, and her husband, Leo, who died in 1975.  She is survived by her son Ron Smith, and wife Annette and their daughters, Ashlie and Jenaye, of Bellingham, WA, and her daughter Rhonda Kuch and her husband Dave and their children, Erik and Andrea, of Odessa; her brother Jack D. Drew; nieces Nedra Drew, Nora Drew, Brenda Stabelfeldt and Monica Drew, and nephew Bill Drew, all residing in MT. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St Joseph Church on Friday, Sept 23, with Father Pat MacMahon officiating. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strates Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-29-2005)

Smith, Ella Irene, *  (d. 12-01-1901; 36y1mos2dy; TS; OC; obit) “Mrs W L Smith died Tuesday morning, leaving a husband and 7 children to mourn her loss. Mrs. Smith was a whole souled, womanly woman; kind to a fault, sympathetic, generous, always seeking to relieve distress among those about her. She was well known throughout the country and al who ever came in contact with her held her in the highest esteem. Mr. Smith and family have the heart felt sympathy of the entire community in their great loss. Funeral services were held at the church Thursday morning. Interment at Lamona Cemetery.” (Citizen-Dec 13, 1901-Odessa Column) “On Tuesday morning Mrs. W. L. Smith, a well known and loved woman in this section of the country, died at her home in this city from blood poison. About 6 weeks ago Mrs. Smith stepped on a nail causing blood poison and gradually grew worse from day to day, and everything was done to spare her life, but to no avail, and on Tuesday morning she closed her eyes on this world and passed into the great beyond where she will be rewarded for the many charitable and kind deeds rendered at her hands to those needing a helping hand. Funeral services were conducted in the church which was crowded by friends to pay tribute to a noble woman. Rev Carpenter preached a very touching sermon which moved many to tears. Interment took place in Lamona Cemetery. The pall bearers were: G. W. Finney, Robert Alexander, W. P. Mitchell, L. P. Zimmer, Frank Guth and J. R. Miller. Ella DeSpain was born Nov 8, 1865 in Lane County, Oregon. She was married to W.  L. Smith on Jan 22, 1882 at Pilot Rock, OR, removing to Lincoln County, WA in the spring of 1884, where they have since resided most of the time. There has been born to them ten children, seven of whom are living, 3 girls and 4 boys. She has been a faithful wife and mother, her deeds of mercy and kindness will ever be remembered. Besides husband and children, an aged father, 2 sisters and 3 brothers are left to mourn her loss.” (Dec 13, 1901 of Odessa Record)

Smith, Elmer,  (d. 1983; b. 1894; TS; OC; dc) “Elmer Smith.  Died: 17 Jan 1983, Rt #1, Creston, WA.  Spouse: Susie E. King, wife #2.  Mother: Jane Jobe; Father: Henry Smith.  Buried: 21 Jan 1983, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Wife #1, Hattie Morgan, still living at this time (17 Jan 1983). Elmer and Hattie had a daughter Eleanor Smith Moore deceased at this time.” (Lincoln County Health death card)

Smith, Evelyn (added)  (b. 12-16-1919; d. 12-31-2007)  “Evelyn L Smith died December 31, 2007, at the age of 88. She was born Dec 16, 1919, to Daniel G and Elizabeth Roloff. She graduated from Odessa High School. She raised her family in Odessa while caring for her parents. She served as a nurse’s aide at the Odessa memorial Hospital. She is survived by her son, Gerald L Smith and wife Sandra, of Odessa;  daughter, Julie A Stehr and husband Tom of Spokane and Joy McKeen of Spokane. She has one granddaughter, Karianne Stehr, three grandsons, Rob McKeen, Tom McKeen and Joel Stehr, and one great grandson, Symon Stehr. A memorial service will be held at Sunshine Health Facilities in Spokane Valley Jan 12, 2008, with a graveside service in Odessa at a later date. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.”  (Odessa Record: 1-10-2008; photo)

Smith, Frank  (d. 11-16-1939; b. 2-06-1886; TS; OC; Strates; DC; dc) “Frank Smith.  Died: 11-16-1939. Birth: 2-06-1886, Russia.  Married.  Father: John Peter Smith.  Mother: Christina A. Strick.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Frank Schmidt. Age: 53 yrs 9 mos 10 days. Dated: Nov 19, 1939. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Frank Smith. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: 11-16-1939 at 6:30 p.m. at home. Informant: Christine Smith of Odessa. Called by Dr Bonney. Birth: Feb 6, (1886); age: 53 yrs 9 mos 16 days. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Last worked: 1932. 35 yrs spent in occupation. Length of residence where death occurred: 7 yrs. In US: (1893) – 46 yrs. Father: John Peter Smith, born Russia. Mother: Christina Ostrich, born Russia. Previous residence: from ranch. Cause of death: coronary thrombosis.  L. J. Bonney, MD. Other relatives: wife, son, Floyd M. Smith, Pullman, WA; 2 daughters: Mrs. Herb Mills of Odessa; Louella Smith, at home. 5 brothers: Henry of Odessa; Jake, Odessa; Harry, Odessa; Carl, Spokane; Pete, Byseker, Canada; 2 sisters, Mrs. Joe Herman, Odessa; Mrs. Philip Herman, Opportunity.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Funeral services for Frank Smith, 53, who died suddenly Thursday morning, were held on Sunday from the St Matthews Congregational church, the Rev J. P. Flemmer officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers included John Hopp, W. C. Raugust, Henry Walter, J. C. Raugust, Ed Kiesz and Carl Kiehn. Mr. Smith, a native of Russia, came to America with his family as a boy, living for a time at Ritzville and Walla Walla, after which the family took up its residence here. Marrying, Mr. Smith operated a ranch until seven years ago, when he moved to town. At the time of his death he was completing a remodeling program at his home. Survivors include his widow, one son, two daughters, Mrs. Herbert Mills, and Louella Smith, Odessa; five brothers, Henry, Jacob J, and Harry of Odessa; Carl of Spokane and Pete of Canada; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Herman, Odessa, and Mrs. Phillip Herman, Opportunity.” (Odessa Record: 11-23-1939)

Smith, Fred E.,   (d. 10-10-1944; b. 7-24-1925; bur 11-21-47; TS; OC; Str.) “Fred E. Smith. (Killed in Action). Residence: Odessa, WA. Birth: 7-24-1925, (birthplace not stated), Death: 10-10-1944, Western Germany. Age: 19 yrs 2 mos 16 days. Male, single. Father: W P Smith. Cause of death: KIA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral Service at Catholic Church, 10 a.m., Interment: 11-21-47.” (Mortuary Ledger) “First of the Odessa community’s 12 war dead to be brought home from overseas for repatriation, the body of Pvt Fred E. Smith, 19, arrived in Odessa this morning, where it was met by a reception squad of veterans, who escorted it to the Strate Funeral Home, to await burial Friday morning. Services will be held from the St Joseph Catholic church at 10 o’clock Friday morning, final disposition to be in the Odessa Catholic Cemetery. The Rev W. J. Brennan will conduct the requiem mass. Rosary will be at the funeral home this evening at 7 o’clock. Staff Sergeant Raymond G. Harnes accompanied the body to Odessa this morning, from Auburn, distribution center for the graves registration and repatriation division.  Pvt Smith enlisted in the infantry early in the summer of 1944 and after receiving his preliminary training left for overseas on August 19. Early in November his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Smith, were notified that he had been killed in action on Oct 10, in Germany. Early reports indicated that he had been in action about a week when killed. Rev Brennan conducted a requiem mass at the St Joseph church on Nov 14 in his memory. Veterans of the armed services will assist in the burial exercises on Friday morning and business houses will close during the funeral hour, 10 a.m. until noon. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Smith, and five brothers, Wilfred, Lawrence, Francis, James and Benny. Wilfred and Lawrence are both ex-service men, and James is now with the navy.  The Odessa community’s list of overseas war dead include John Schimke, Reinhold Schell, Henry Deife, Martin Busch, Emmanuel Fiess, Howard Derr, Horace Engle, Velmer Deife, John Hein, Edwin Haase and Harold Jeske.” (Odessa Record: 11-20-1947) “The body of Pvt Fred E Smith, brought home from Germany where he was killed in action October 10, 1944, was laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery on Friday morning, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion uniting to provide military honors. Funeral services were from the St Joseph Catholic church... Pallbearers were Howard Iltz, Robert and Paul Praetorius, Clem Groh, Frank Groh and John E Deife. Technical Sergeant Raymond H. Harnes accompanied the body here, and at the close of the services presented the American flag, with which the coffin was draped, to Mrs. Smith. The body was met at the train Thursday morning by an honor guard of veterans...” (Odessa Record: 27 Nov 1947)

Smith, Fredie, *  (d. 10-25-1897; b. 7-08-1896; TS; OC) “Fredie, beloved son of W. L. and E. I. Smith, died Oct 25, 1897” as shown on his tombstone. It is presumed his remains were interred in the Lamona Cemetery; however, his tombstone is now posited in the Odessa Cemetery. (Edit: to date, Oct 2004, there has not been located evidence of the removal of the bodies of the Smith and Finney family remains from Lamona to Odessa cemeteries although the tombstones now appear in Odessa. Family members of the Finney family have recalled visiting the Lamona Cemetery to visit the graves in early years.)

Smith, Hazel C.,   (d. 11-10-1993; b. 6-29-1895; TS; OC; obit) “Memorial services were held yesterday, Wednesday, for Hazel C. Smith at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel. Pastor Jim Dowdy, interim minister of the Heritage UCC, officiated at the service. Mrs. Smith, formerly of Odessa, was born June 29, 1895, the daughter of Charlie and Mary Ellen Crawford, at Freeport, IL.  On Sept 9, 1934, she was married to Odessa pioneer William P. ‘Babe’ Smith, a widower with seven children. After the death of her husband in (Nov) 1955, Hazel returned to her career as a teacher. She taught in Hays, MT, and Headquarters, ID. After her retirement, she moved to Clarkston to live with her sister, Bessie Curler. For the past several years she was in a care facility in Clarkston. She is survived by two step-sons, Jim Smith and his wife, Jerrie, of Othello, and Vincent Smith, of Renton, WA; two daughters-in-law, Louella Smith of Odessa, and Dorla Selfridge, of Seven Bays; one niece, Mary Ellen McCammon and her husband, Bert, of Clarkston; 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four step-sons, Pat Smith, Laurence Smith, Francis Smith and Fred Smith, one step-daughter, Ella Giese, and one sister, Bessie Curler. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item)

Smith, Holli Ann,  (d. 9-17-1970 only; TS; OC)

Smith, Janet Jean,  (d. 1957; b. 1937; TS; OC; LL) “Janet Jane Smith nee Walters. Born Feb 23, 1937, Odessa, WA. Died: March 18, 1957.  Buried: March 21, 1957, Odessa, WA, 2 p.m. Survived by husband, Donald A., 3 children: Colby Dale, Sidney Don, Debra Lynn; Parents: Solomon and Martha Walters, and 3 brothers: Wayne, Myron and Jerry. Text: I Sam. 4:20. Cause: heart. W J Fritz.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Funeral services are being held this afternoon from Christ Lutheran Church for Mrs. Janet Jane Smith, 20, with Pastor Werner J Fritz officiating. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Death came to Mrs. Smith at the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane on Monday night, where she had gone for the birth of her third child.  Janet Jane Weber was born here Feb 23, 1937. During her high school years she took an active part in 4-H and school activities. She was a member of the Class of 1955 from the Odessa High School.  Marrying before the close of the school year, she took the remainder of her high school work by correspondence.  She and her husband, Donald A Smith, lived on a ranch seven miles north of Odessa, where he and his brothers were engaged in wheat and cattle raising on a large acreage. Survivors include the husband, Donald A Smith, two sons, Colby Dale and Sidney Don, and one daughter, Debra Lynn, at the home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sol Weber, and three brothers, Wayne and Myron of Odessa and Jerry of Wilbur.”  (Odessa Record: 3-21-1957)  “Funeral services for Mrs. Janet Jane Smith, 20, were held... Pallbearers were former school mates, including Alvin Fink, Marvin Greenwalt, James Gies, Robert Yuckert, Allen Kuest, Gale Salo, Gerald Giese, Virgil King and LeRoy Buchmann. A girls’ sextet sang, including Janet Rose Giese, Sharon Uhrich, Janet Heimbigner, Lottie Hemmerling, Ann Kuest and Norma Gettman. Mrs. Leo Stout was organist....” (Odessa Record: 3-28-1957) 

Smith, Laurence P.,   (d. 4-20-1986; b. 9-09-1923; TS; OC; obit) “Laurence Peter Smith of Odessa, born here Sept 9, 1923 to William and Anna Smith, passed away April 20, (1986), at Odessa Memorial Hospital. A farmer here for many years until his retirement in 1984 due to failing health, Mr. Smith was also a skilled carpenter who built and remodeled homes in the Odessa-Davenport area. He served in the United States Navy during World War II before returning to this area, where in 1949 he married Louella Haase, who survives along with a son, Laurence D (Gunner) Smith, and a daughter, Connie Jo Tschritter.  Preceded in death by his parents, by 3 brothers, Francis, Wilfred and Fred, and by a sister Ell, Mr. Smith is also survived by two brothers, James of Othello and Ben of Renton; by his step-mother, Hazel C Smith of Clarkston; by 4 grandchildren and by numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service was held at Odessa’s UCC, Pastor Randall Griffith officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-08-1986)

Smith, Leo Gale, (WW II; d. 9-29-1975; b. 8-29-1912; TS; OC)

Smith, Leola B.,  (d. 1960; b. 1903; TS; OC)

Smith, Mark P.,  (d. 1951; b. 1897; TS; OC; dc) “Marcus Peter Smith. Died: 10-21-1951.  Birth: 7-28-1898, Spokane, WA.  Married.  Father: W. L .Smith.  Mother: Ella Irene Spain.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral services for Marcus (Mark) Peter Smith, 53, were held from the St Joseph Catholic church at 10 o’clock this morning, Father Joseph Brunner conducting the funeral mass. Rosary was at 7:30 Wednesday night. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers were chosen from the church group and included Frank Groh, Sr., Louis Kremsreiter, Joe Kremsreiter, Clem Groh, Sr., T. F. Groh, and Frank Horak.  Mr. Smith had been in ill health for several months, during which he had been hospitalized at various intervals. On Saturday he entered the Veterans Memorial hospital and death came Sunday evening. Mark Smith was born at Spokane, July 28, 1898, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Smith, who were among the earliest pioneers here. He was associated with his father in operation of the north area farm, and took over the property following his father’s death, adding to his acreage until at his death he controlled one of the largest acreage in that area.  Survivors include his wife, Anna, at the home; three sons, William, Ben and Donald; one daughter, Mrs. Irene Marchand of Spokane; 7 grandchildren; 3 brothers, W. P. Smith, Odessa; Joe B., Don Palos, CA; and John W., of Spokane; 2 sisters, Sister Raphael Mary, San Francisco; and Mrs. M. C. Staples, Eden, Idaho.” (Odessa Record: 10-25-1951)

Smith, Pearl M.,   (d. 11-14-1957; b. 6-22-1900; TS; OC; dc) “Pearl Myra Smith.  Died: 11-14-1957.  Birth: 1-22-1900, Odessa.  Divorced. Father: George W. Finney. Mother: Susie Ray. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Mrs Pearl Smith. Age: 50 yrs; Burial: Odessa. Dated: Nov 5, 1957” (English Congregational Church ledger-handwritten )“Pearl (Finney) Smith.—Her home was in Odessa, WA. Survived by one son, Harley Frank, Eureka, CA; one daughter, Mrs. Donna Kittilson, Odessa, WA; 2 grandchildren, Ronda and Brad Kittilson, Odessa; one sister, Mrs. Trella Wagner, Odessa. Funeral Monday, Nov 18, at 2 p.m. from the English Congregational Church, Odessa. Rev John Birchard officiating. Interment, Odessa Cemetery, The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 11-16-1957; Beck data card collection)

Smith, Ruby,   (d. 1-23-1911; b. 6-17-1887; TS; OC; obit) “Mrs. W. L. Smith (nee Hennessey) went to Odessa on receipt of the news of the death of her step-daughter,, Ruby, who died very suddenly Monday of heart failure. The young lady was 24 years old.” (Citizen-Jan 27, 1911) “Miss Ruby Smith, daughter of Mr. W. L. Smith, living five miles northeast of here, passed away at her father’s home four o’clock last Monday, age 23 years. The deceased was born and had been raised on a ranch near here and had been a sufferer all her life with valvular trouble of the heart, which finally caused her death. She was a patient sufferer, always hopeful of perfect health some day. The funeral was held from the Methodist Episcopal church in Odessa Wednesday afternoon, many relatives from out of town being in attendance.”  (Odessa Record: Jan 27, 1911) “Mrs. Melvin Staples was here from Post Falls, Idaho, Wednesday to attend the funeral of her sister, Miss Ruby Smith.  Mrs. Wm Robbins was here from Spokane Wednesday to attend the funeral of her niece, Miss Ruby Smith.”  (Jan 27, 1911 of Odessa Record)

Smith, Susie E.,   (d, 1985; b. 1902; TS; OC; dc) “Susie E.  Smith. Died: 8-08-1985, Creston, WA, rural rt #1, Lincoln Rd.  Mother: Effie Sanders; Father: Atlee A King.  Spouse: widowed, Elmer Smith. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)

Smith, Wm Louis,   (d. 7-29-1936; b. 1860; TS; OC; Strates) “William Louis Smith. Death: July 29, 1936, Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane, WA. Age 76 yrs. male, white, married. Shipping Funeral Director. Taken care of through Smith Funeral Home.” (Mortuary Ledger) “William Louis Smith, 76, one of the earliest pioneers of this district, died Wednesday of heart failure in a Spokane hospital, after an illness of but a few days. Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the English Congregational Church, with the Odessa Masonic lodge in charge. Burial will be in the family plot at the Odessa Cemetery.  W L Smith arrived in the Odessa region in approximately 1883, from Oregon, where he had spent his boyhood. He operated a store in Odessa, homesteaded, kept a large herd of sheep and engaged in wheat ranching. In connection with his sheep business he acquired the nickname of ‘Sheep Billy Smith’ and carried this name through his pioneering days. As an influence in the community life of Odessa he ranked among the highest leaders. He served many terms on the school board, as a town council member, county commissioner and bank director. At one time he operated a meat business at Spokane, in connection with a friend.  Always aggressive and energetic, he proved that money could be made in agriculture and at the time of his death owned residence property at Spokane, business buildings in Odessa and large holdings of land north of here.  During the past few years he had made his home at Spokane, with his sons operating the family ranch here. He made regular trips here, in connection with his property interests. A week before his death he spent several days here, working with his son at the ranch and stated that he planned to dispose of his Spokane property and return here to make his home, a desire that failed of fulfillment.  Survivors include his widow, Hattie; four sons, W. P., and Mark, Odessa; Joe B., Salinas, CA; and John, Spokane; and two daughters, Mrs. Melvin Staples, Eden, ID; and Katherine, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 7-30-1936)  “Funeral services for W. L. Smith, prominent Odessa pioneer, were held from the English Congregational Church on Friday afternoon, with the Odessa Masonic lodge officiating, L. C. Weik as acting master exemplifying the work. Stores closed during the funeral.  Pallbearers were selected from among lodge brethren and included Sol Reiman, J. C. Michaelsen, H. E. Michaelsen, H. C. Phillips, Jake Hopp, Jr., and Judge W. M. Nevins. The lodge had full charge of the services at the church and the following service at the grave. Mourners included many from outside points, where Mr. Smith had become will known in his varied occupations and public service. Born in California, Dec 8, 1860, he had come to Odessa as one of its earliest pioneers, coming to this area while the closest trading center was at Sprague. He engaged in the sheep business, building this to an extent that made him recognized as one of the leading sheep men of the state. Branching out, he entered the packing business at Spokane, and after a successful period in this business, returned to Odessa, where he engaged in the mercantile business and wheat ranching.  Was Public Man.  In Odessa he served in various public capacities, as bank director, director and officer of the Odessa Union Warehouse Co, as school director, city councilman, country commissioner and other public offices, donating heavily to all community progress projects. Death came suddenly at Spokane, where he had made his home during the past few years. He had returned to his ranch near Odessa during the week before, entering into the spirit of the ranch work without regard for his aging strength. Following his return to Spokane he took ill, was taken to a hospital, appeared to be mending, only to succumb to a heart attack. Survivors include....” (Odessa Record: 8-06-1936) EDIT: W L Smith’s first marriage on Jan 22, 1882 at Pilot Rock, OR was with Ella DeSpain, who was born Nov 8, 1865 in Lane County, Oregon. They removed to Lincoln County, WA in the spring of 1884, where they had since resided most of the time. There had been born to them ten children, seven of whom were living at the time of Ella’s death on December 10 of 1901, with burial in Lamona near her children, Fredie (1897) and apparently two others. The seven surviving children as shown on the 1902 census: Charles (born Oregon), (Anna) May, Ruby, Wm P., Hazel, Mark and Joseph (an infant). Since they were married in 1882 and Charles was born there before arriving at Pacific Lake here in 1884, all subsequent children that were born and failed to thrive would be buried in Lincoln Co, WA.  On the 1910 Odessa Census, William L Smith is shown as divorced, with Ruby, Mark and Joseph residing with him. W L Smith married   Anna F. Hennessey Smith, who was born Nov 15, 1875, and also preceded him in death  on Oct 19, 1931. (date of this marriage not located)

Smith, Wm P.,   (d. 11-30-1955; b. 11-11-1888; TS; OC; see also Hazel Smith) “Wm Pearl Smith. Age 68. Buried: Odessa. Dated: Dec 3, 1955.” (English Congregational Church ledger-typed, not original script) EDIT: William P Smith was first married to Anna C. Jerlinski (born July 7, 1898), the mother of his seven children. She died on Oct 30, 1932.   On Sept 9, 1934, Hazel Crawford was married to Odessa pioneer William P ‘Babe’ Smith, a widower with seven children. Hazel was born June 29, 1895 and survived William; she died Nov  10, 1993, survived by two step-sons, Jim Smith of Othello, and Vincent Smith, of Renton, WA; two daughters-in-law, Louella Smith of Odessa, and Dorla Selfridge, of Seven Bays. She was preceded in death by four step-sons, Pat Smith, Laurence Smith, Francis Smith and Fred Smith, one step-daughter, Ella Giese.


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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