Edna Mary Smithback

September 23, 1922 ~ July 22, 2012

Edna (Freeman) Smithback, 89, of Brandon, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls, after a battle with cancer.

Visitation will begin at 5 pm, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at the Faith United Presbyterian Church in Brandon, with a prayer service at 6:30 pm. Family will be present from 5 to 7pm. Funeral services will begin at 10am, Wednesday, July 25, also at Faith United, in Brandon. Pastor Chuck Asche will officiate.

Edna Mary Freeman was born in Gloucestershire England on September 23, 1922, to Percy and Eva (Etheridge) Freeman. She met Clayton Smithback while he was stationed there during WWII. She followed him back to Sioux Falls after the war ended. There they were married on March 16, 1947 and had four children. In 1965, they moved to Brandon.

Edna was a long time member of the Faith United Presbyterian Church in Brandon. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clayton, in 2000, and one daughter, Terri Warren, in 2003.

Edna is survived by her daughters Marlene Lee, Brandon, Kathy (Bob) Crowe, Brandon and son David (Peg) Smithback, Dyersburg, TN; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; special friends Mona Reed, Jane Chinn, and Sharon and Gerry Bruggeman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are to be made to Faith United Presbyterian Church of Brandon.

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  • Mike & Dawn Hanson says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the family. We went to church with Edna at Faith (for many years, until we moved to GA) and truly enjoyed her. She will be missed for a long time. May God surround you with His love.

  • Sheri Rozeboom-Kloes says:

    My thoughts and prayers go to Edna’s family. Edna is a very friendly person and always had a smile on her face. She sat by my family at church and is deeply missed. God be with you all in this time of loss.

  • Colleen Button says:

    To the family of Edna Smithback – Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Edna was a quiet lady but I always felt her presence in church every Sunday until her health made it impossible for her to attend. She is now in Gods’ hands who is saying “Well done my good and faithful servant”. May you be comforted by what an “awesome” lady she was. God Bless you all.

    Colleen Button

  • leann O'Neal Stephens says:

    So sorry of your mothers passing. Happy that I was able to see her last summer. She was sitting on the front portch tearing bread into pieces,said she promised to feed the birds for your dad. I enjoyed hearing the stories your parents told about meeting during WW11. They made me laugh so hard. Her smile and laugh will be missed.

    My love and condolences to Marlene,David and Kathy

  • To the Family of Edna Smithback,
    I am so sorry to hear that your mom (Edna) passed. She passed on my dad’s birthday. I have so many happy memories from our growing up years and I miss all of you very much. My love and condolences also go out to Marlene, David and Kathy.

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