very serious, introverted, and religious and was a member of the Baptist
church and attended the Methodist church. She had a habit of singing
hymns while she worked. "She
knew every verse of every hymn in the Baptist hymnal. She had a pleasant voice and
really loved to sing."
Besides raising her family, she worked in
restaurants, cooked, washed and cleaned at the Ouller Farm, and worked in
the laundry of a Catholic hospital in Sioux City.
After she left her
husband for the second time, she moved around visiting or living with her
Grandma had beautiful geraniums in the south window of their
living/bedroom on the first floor. . .[and] prepared good meals when we
lived with them . . . The main words that I remember Grandma saying were
"Tut tut" and "dinner (lunch
or supper as the case was) is ready Joe" and there would occasionally be
pork and sometimes fried chicken, corn on the cob and watermelon in the
summer, fresh milk when the cow had a calf, always home made bread,
lettuce with salt on it in the summer, plenty of coleslaw, often custard
pie and always sugar cookies in a large jar. Grandma kept her butter and milk
in a pail lowered into a very deep well about 25 feet south of the
house. She kept house and did
a lot of canning. Canned
goods were kept in a dugout cellar about 50 feet south of the house. .
.Grandma didn't walk outside much. I remember her
reciting me on my arithmetic and I knew she was smart.
Twyla [Smith White] said one time that Eliza's idea of a bed time story was to tell you
about the Voluska (sic) axe murders! Poor Eliza was always afraid and managed
to instill this fear into some of her children and
Eliza divorced her husband, Josiah, but remarried him about 1930 and then left again about 1935. After she left the second time, she lived out of a suitcase for about 15 years and moved from family to family.
When her grandson, Donald White completed the 8th grade in June of 1940, he worked the Smith ranch He had Eliza's support and she moved there to keep house for him. For all the time Eliza and Donald were on the ranch, she was an interested and helpful adviser.
At the time of the 1940 census, she was living with the Larsons.
In 1946, she was in Milwaukee and fell and broke her hip. She was in a complete body cast for several months and never fully recovered
She died at age
82 in her sleep at the home of her daughter, Augusta Smith Larson in Sac City, Iowa on May 16, 1947. She was buried
in Moorcroft, Wyoming next to her husband, Josiah Smith.
Services for Mrs. E. Smith Here on Saturday
services for Mrs. Eliza Smith, who had passed away the previous day
in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Raymond Larson, were held from the
Farber and Otteman Funeral home at 10:00 a.m. on
Rev. Roy Cox, pastor of the First Methodist Church in Sac
City was in charge. Music was furnished by Mrs. P. A. Lauterbach and Mrs. Wayne
Irwin with Ray Holtz at the piano.The body was sent to Moorcroft, Wyoming where burial was made.
Eliza Fox daughter of John and Sadah (sic) Fox was born
at Chariton, Iowa, October 18, 1865 and passed away at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Raymond Larson in Sac City Iowa on May 16th,
departed this life peacefully during her sleep to be awakened only
on that distant shore by the call of the Master.
She joined the Baptist Church when she was quite young, but
has attended the Methodist Church in this community with her
daughter and family and was a member of the "Win-One" Sunday School
of the Methodist Church. For several years she has made her home with Mrs. Raymond
Larson of Sac City.