Betty Lou Smith, 95

Betty Lou Smith, 95, of Wabash, died at 6:15 a.m., Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Bickford Cottage in Wabash. 

She was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Wabash, to Lewis and Pearl (Ulshafer) Knee.

Betty was a 1941 graduate of Somerset High School. She married James R. "Jim" Smith in Wabash County, on Aug.  9, 1942; he died Oct. 10, 2015.

She was the secretary at the Treaty Church of Christ several years, and also worked at Honeywell, Inc. Betty was a member of Wabash Church of Christ and had also attended Treaty Church of Christ  for 85 years. She co-organized and wrote books on the J.A.M. Children's Program, and worked with the program 45 years. She was also a member of the Tri-Township Home Ec Club. 

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley A. Long and Linda (Michael) Tilley, both of Wabash; son-in-law Glen Graham of Prairie View, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Marcie (George) Thurston of Peru, Raymond (Ed) Smith of Belvidere, Il., David Long of Wabash, Doug (Jennifer) Graham of Covington, Ky., Laura (Lonnie) Jansonius of Prairie View, Susan (Steve) Smith of Ellis, Kan., Jim (Gloria) Winget Thomas Winget, and Robert (Elizabeth) Winget, all of Wabash, and Michael (Jeanine) Tilley of Peru; 25 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ellen Bergstable of Fort Wayne, and brother, Richard Knee of Evansville. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Connie Graham, son-in-law, Richard Long, and two brothers, Max Knee, and Dean Wolfal.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at Wabash Church of Christ, 1904 N. Wabash St., Wabash, with Josh Fennell officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 2-7p.m. Friday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Wabash Church of Christ.

The memorial guest book for Betty may be signed at

Posted on 2018 Nov 27