Elsie Jane (Rhode) Smith 102, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Cloverleaf Health Center, Knightsville, Indiana. Elsie Jane was born, September 29, 1914 on the Jones Farm (no relation) in Shawnee Township, Fountain County, Indiana to, Charles Willard and Cora (Jones) Rhode, the fifth of six children. The family moved to Warren Township, Warren County, Indiana, to the Rhode family farm near Winthrop, after the death of her Grandfather, Jacob Morgan Rhode. Elsie Jane graduated from Attica High School in 1934. She attended Rainbow Beauty College of Indianapolis, working in Attica for a short time before marrying Carl K. Smith of Attica on January 25, 1936. They first resided in Attica after marrying, then in Boston, Massachusetts, where Carl worked n the Boston Navy Yard during WWII. After the war they returned and built a home in Warren County. She was a devoted mother to her three children: David L. Smith, Tuscon, Arizona; Carol Jane Mayrose, Clay City, Indiana and C. Philip Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah. Jane was a dedicated genealogist, doing years of research on her own family and that of her husband, Carl, an accomplished seamstress and knitter, sewing and knitting many items for family. She was a member fo the Warren County Book Club, Warren County Home Extension Club, Warren County Garden Club, Tri Kappa, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Preservation Society, Pioneers of Indiana, Iroquois County Genealogical Society, Fountain County Genealogical Society, helped to establish the Warren County Historical Society, and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for over 60 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Carl K. Smith, siblings, Ruth Fisher of Vancouver, Canada; Lillis Rhode, Attica; Jacob Rhode, Otterbein; Louise Rhode, Attica; and Clay Rhode, Attica. Jane has 6 grandchildren, Kevin Smith, Jacob Smith, Seattle, Washington; Tanya Smith, Tucson, Arizona; Christopher Walsh, Rhode Island; Michelle Mayrose, Covington, Georgia and Edward (Amy) Mayrose, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Four great-grandchildren: Cody Mayrose, Kyle Mayrose, Dana Hadden and Brody Mayrose. Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Quaker Cemetery, Warren County. Mother loved flowers, but in lieu of Flowers, a donation to the Warren County Historical Society or the Fountain County Genealogical Society in her name would be thoughtful. Condolences may be sent on line to www.mausfuneralhome.com .
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