UTICA — A funeral service for Ethel Dydema Smith, 98, of Utica, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at Law-Baker Funeral Home with Bruce Hissong officiating. Burial will follow in Bell Cemetery.
Ethel died Dec. 4, 2010, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home, Mount Vernon, where she lived for the past four years. She was born Aug. 28, 1912, in Mount Vernon to the late Roy and Pearl (Fry) Beaver.
Ethel was a 1930 graduate of Utica High School where she was honored at this year’s alumni banquet as the oldest living alumnus. She has worked at the Shelby Bicycle Factory, family farm and retired from the U.S. Post Office. Ethel loved all board games, card games, reading and traveling. Driving by herself, she had traveled the United States, Canada and then traveled with groups to Mexico, Central America, England, all of Europe, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Japan, Shanghai and Indonesia. She was a 1983 past matron of Glenwood Chapter 303, Order of Eastern Star, and a member of the Utica Historical Society.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Larry Layton; son, Glenn Smith of Utica; grandson, Stephen Scott Insley; great-grandsons, Chad Insley, Jason Hamilton; great-granddaughter, Kristina Walters; great-great-granddaughter, Alexis Walters; sister-in-law, Bea Ellis; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Harold W. Smith, who passed away in 1995. They were married March 23, 1934, in the Utica Methodist Parsonage. They have lived on their Bell Church Road farm since 1941. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Mike Beaver; and granddaughter, Gatha Bowman.
Friends may call Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. An Eastern Star service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Law-Baker Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Utica EMS, P.O. Box 147, Utica, OH 43080.
Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica, is assisting the family with arrangements. Visit www.law-bakerfuneralhome.com to extend condolences to the family.