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Wilma Smith - December 04, 2012


Wilma Smith, 73, of Kearney, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Wilma was born Nov. 28, 1939, in Larned, Kan., to Harold and Lois (Balman) Arnold.
She attended Rozel Public School in Kansas.
She was married to Winston Carol Smith in 1959 in Alva, Okla. They made their home in Larned. They lived in various communities including Minden.
She worked as a telephone operator and for Hallmark.
She was a former member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden and Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Kearney.
She loved to bake for different functions at her church. Her pastimes included playing the organ, crocheting, camping and reading.
Survivors include her daughters, Julie Keeten and husband, Arden, of Kearney and Lois Bruning and husband, Jodie, of Minden; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma Blake and husband, Leonard, of Rozel, Kan., and Dorothy Knudsen of Lawrence.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; granddaughter, Shawna Lee Keeten; grandson, Joshua Keeten and brother-in-law, Vernie Knudsen.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Interment will be in the Minden Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Kearney.
On-line condolences may be submitted to osrfh.com.
O’Brien - Straatmann - Redinger Funeral Home of Kearney was in charge of arrangements.