Adelyn Smith – The Kansan

On January 25, 2022, Adelyn Smith, beloved mother of Connie Sue Skibbe and Leo Michael Smith, died at the age of 88 at her home near Newton, Kansas.

Adelyn was born on September 3, 1933 in Goessel, Kansas, to Peter and Clara Unruh. She received her high school diploma from Whitewater High School. She then went to Hutchinson Business College where she learned typing and shorthand. After her school years, Adelyn held various office jobs in Wichita, then 20 years at the Santa Fe Railroad until her retirement.

On December 13, 1953, Adelyn married Leo Neal Smith, her high school sweetheart. They raised their two children in the Newton area.

Adelyn was born into a poor rural family during the Great Depression. There was always enough to eat as her mother baked bread every day and tinned food for the winter months. If Adelyn was hungry, she would eat the blackberries that grew near the house. As an adult, she was quite thrifty. She had a passion for family, reading her Bible, and attending church. She was a prayer

She had a passion for family, reading her Bible, and attending church. She was a prayer warrior and in the last fifteen years of her life she was rarely seen with the television on, but she always had her Bible close at hand. She loved to quote Bible verses.

Adelyn was predeceased by her father Peter Unruh, her mother Clara Unruh and her brothers Roy and Eldon Unruh. She is survived by her daughter Connie Skibbe, her son Leo Michael Smith, her grandchildren Nichole (Smith)Perry, Ryan Smith, Justin Smith, Eric Skibbe and Christopher Skibbe. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Ryleigh Skibbe, Sawyer Skibbe, Lincoln Skibbe, Tanner Skibbe and Abriel Smith, Isabella Smith, Jenna Smith and Xavier Smith.

“The Celebration of Life Service will be held February 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Newton Nazarene Church (1000 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Newton Nazarene Church.

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