Irene Louie Smart, 99, Osage City: July 3, 1914 – Sept. 20, 2013

OSAGE CITY – Irene Louie Smart, 99, rural Osage City, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. She was born on July 3, 1914, in Republic County, Kan., the daughter of Thomas W. and Roxy Milner Salsbury. 

In 1921, her parents moved to a farm near Neosho Falls, Kan. Irene attended Philmore country school and graduated from Neosho Falls High School as valedictorian of the graduating class of 1933. She attended Pittsburg Teachers College and Emporia Teachers College where she received her lifetime teaching certificate. After her graduation, she taught primary grades for seven years in Neosho Falls and three years in Axtell. During World War II, she worked at the Hercules Powder Plant in Eudora. She worked 17 years at American Savings and Loan and State Farm in Osage City.

On May 12, 1945, Irene married Faye Bryon Smart in Bentonville, Ark. After the war, they located in Carbondale and then moved to Osage City in 1954. She worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s businesses, F & M Farm Equipment and Smart & Morgan Allis-Chalmers.

Irene taught Sunday School for more than 40 years, was a former member of the Methodist church, Rising Sun Fellowship and Assembly of God Church, all in Osage City. She was active in the women’s ministries and a current member at the Salt Creek Lighthouse Assembly of God Church. She was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Auxiliary in Osage City, and the former Harmony EHU. She sat on the election board in Superior Township for a number of years. Her other interests included gardening, sewing, painting birds and the enjoyment she found in her family.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Faye B. of almost 50 years; her parents, Thomas and Roxy; three sisters, Mabel Campbell, Rockwall, Texas, Dorothy Sherwood, Iola, Kan., and Betty Bachelor, Carbondale, Kan.; and two grandsons, Larry Smart Jr. and Matthew Burenheide.

Irene is survived by her three daughters, Irene Kaye Dayhoff (Gary) of Osage City, Deanna Faye Collins (Bill), Durango, Colo., and Connie Mae Detwiler (Chuck), Emporia, Kan.; her two sons, Larry Ray Smart (Karen), Burlingame, Kan., and Barry Faye Smart (Cheryl), Emporia; her sister, Velma Bulmer, Laramie, Wyo.; 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Irene will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Salt Creek Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Lyndon. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in the Osage City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salt Creek Lighthouse Assembly of God Church or the Osage City American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.

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