Fae Laree Smith, 86, of Ainsworth died Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at her home with family at her side.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Ainsworth. Pastor David Randall officiated. The CD selections played at the service were “Remember When” and “Livin’ On Love” by Alan Jackson.
Honorary pallbearers were all of Granny’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Inurnment will be held at a later date in the east Woodlawn Cemetery at Johnstown.
Fae’s wishes were honored with her body being donated to Creighton University in Omaha for science education.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth was in charge of the arrangements.
Fae was born on Aug. 9, 1934 to Thomas and Myrtle (Hunt) Sharp on the Rohr Place near Brocksburg.
She attended grade school at Mabelo country school in Brown County and graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1952.
Fae worked her way through high school employed by the Judge William Smith family and continued in clerical work for the Judge until she was united in marriage to Maitland L. Smith of Johnstown in December 1952.
The couple lived their early years in Nebraska, Colorado, Idaho and Oregon before returning to Johnstown and spending their remaining years in Brown and Holt counties.
To Mait and Fae’s union three children were born Michael, Cheri and Marlin.
Fae worked alongside Mait in his long haul trucking business for most of their 42 years of marriage.
She enjoyed flying with Mait in his private planes where often times the landing strip was an alfalfa field or cow pasture when visiting family in the Sandhills.
Fae was a very talented person with many ambitions. In earlier years she enjoyed art work, learning to paint with oils, and painted many landscape scenes. An avid seamstress all her life, she made clothing and quilts for many family members. Another of Fae’s favorite pastimes was raising canaries for many years. Their singing was music to her ears. She also loved dogs, which provided companionship to go on her evening neighborhood walks. Dolly and Fred were her last pets. They were always on her lap and were her constant helpers.
A lover of history, Fae collected antique furniture and enjoyed refinishing many old pieces. She was fascinated with genealogy and researched both sides of the family for many decades, creating records for future generations.
Known as Granny she will be remembered by her grandchildren for her famous quotes and attitudes on life in general, with one of the favorites, “Be reasonable, do it my way!” A caring and feisty woman, she enjoyed sharing her opinions and was never afraid to set someone straight. She was a unique woman who lived her life doing what she wanted to do.
In Fae’s later years she was also a caregiver of many elderly people, including family members and a special friend Scottie Porter of Creighton, before moving back to Ainsworth to be closer to family.
Fae is survived by her three children Mike (Alice) Smith of Hill City, KS, Cheri Fernau of Ainsworth and Marlin (Peggy) Smith of Newport; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four siblings Ester Buhr of Ainsworth, Marvin (Sharon) Hart of Long Pine, Lila Daniels of Fort Scott, KS and Linda Douglas of Muscatine, Iowa; along with other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband ML (Maitland), her parents, a baby sister Twila, one brother Robert Sharp, one son-in-law Leonard Fernau and her companion Scottie. .
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hochfuenrahome.com.