Melva Marie Smith, 72, Topeka: June 17, 1946 – July 19, 2018 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Melva Marie Smith, 72, Topeka: June 17, 1946 – July 19, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Melva M. Smith, 72, Topeka, Kan., passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at her home in Topeka. Melva was born June 17, 1946, in rural Waverly, Kan., the daughter of Fred and Una Faye Shaffer Greeve.

She married Robert Smith, Oct. 21, 1979. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2010.

Bob and Melva were avid campers and fisherman. She worked for Topeka School District No. 501 as a paraeducator. She later worked and volunteered at South Village Community Living. Her love for dogs inspired her to foster two shelter dogs. She shared her home with Khan and York and they kept her active.

She was preceded in death by a son, Scott Combs, on Oct. 13, 2002; and two brothers, Steve and Larry Greeve.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Rich, of Alabama, and three stepdaughters; four half-sisters, Rosella Reece, Osage City, Kan., Thelma Knight, Ottawa, Kan., Karen Wetzel, Burlingame, Kan., and Valee Brown, Osage City; many grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a world of friends.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Davidson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Helping Hands Humane Shelter and sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66608-1241.

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