COLLEGE PLACE -- Edith Elsie Smith, 86, 1143 S.E. Belmont Place, died Sept. 23, 2009, at her home.
The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Sunday at the Walla Walla University Church with Pastor Mike Lambert of the Stateline Adventist Church and Pastor Michael Leno, her nephew, of the Ontario, Calif., Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stateline Seventh-day Adventist Church Worthy Student Fund through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Mrs. Smith was born in Tacoma on Jan. 3, 1923, to George and Barbara Klein Leno. She spent much of her childhood on farms in the Dakotas. She graduated from Plainview Academy and from Walla Walla College with a degree in education. On May 19, 1942, she married Delmer Smith in Willamina, Ore.
She taught for more than 30 years in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. She and her husband often taught at rural two-room schools where she taught grades 1-4. Mrs. Smith enjoyed producing school plays and programs, designing and creating the costumes, props and backdrops. She also gave her students an excellent musical foundation, training them to play rhythm band instruments, tuned bells, autoharps and ukuleles to accompany their singing.
Mrs. Smith also enjoyed cooking, gardening, camping, sewing, painting and crafts. Following her retirement, she and her husband worked as volunteers with Mission Church Builders and on remodeling projects at Walla Walla University's Biology Station at Rosario, Wash.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband at the home; a son, Lowell Smith of LaCenter, Wash.; two daughters, Connie Smith of Happy Valley, Ore., and Judy Poirot of Milton-Freewater; two sisters, Elaine Gildersleeve of Kula, Maui, Hawaii, Lorraine Poulin Maumee, of Ohio; three brothers, Aaron Leno of College Place, Lester Leno of Clackamas, Ore., and Arlie Leno of Tacoma; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Leno Dawes, and a brother, Lloyd Leno.