January 05 2004


Posted by Kim
Mrs. Luevern (Orville) Smith, 89
Funeral services for Luevern Smith (Mrs. Orville Smith), 89, Witten, died December 24, 2003, at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center, were held Monday afternoon, December 26, 2003, at the Emmaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Memorial services were held Sunday at 7:30pm at the Mason Funeral Home and Internment was at the Winner Cemetery.
Luevern died after a three and a half year struggle with strokes and Parkinsons disease. A third and final stroke ended her life on Christmas Eve.
Luevern, born August 10, 1914, in Butte, NE, to John B. and Sarah (Coen) Meyer, was the third daughter of a family of six daughters and three sons. She attended schools in Gross and Spencer, NE, before moving with her parents to Tripp County, SD, in 1910. Her parents farmed and she moved to Old Witten Townsite in 1930. It was at Old Witten were she met and married Orville Smith in October 1936.
To this union one daughter, Darlene (Mrs. Lee Jorgensen) was born. Lee and Darlene, who married in 1956, had four sons.
Orville and Luevern owned and operated a ranch a few miles north of Witten and at a northern location in Pahapesto Township. The couple were very active in Democratic politics. Luevern served several terms as Tripp County Democratic chairman and vice chairman. She also served as historian and parliamentarian of the state Democratic organization. She was a member of Catholic Daughters and a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Luevern was a homemaker, businessperson and farmer. She could drive a tractor or operate a combine as well as keep the farm records and cook a first class meal. When anybody visited their home they were asked to stay for dinner or at least sit and visit for a spell over a cup of coffee. She loved to ride horses and cherished the visits of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Although she was soft-spoken lady, when she did speak, people listened. She also had a keen sense of humor.
As they became old enough, Orville and Lueverns four grandsons, who lived in Sioux City, Iowa, and later in Brookings, SD, spent their summers working on the Smith Ranch to earn money for college. Luevern and Orville were also assisted in the ranching enterprise for over 50 years by Paul Abbey, a brother-in-law.
Luevern is survived by her husband, Orville; daughter Darlene Jorgensen and her husband, Lee; four grandsons, Langdon and wife B.J. of Denver, Brian and his wife Edna of rural Witten; Stuart and his wife Amy of Denver, and Blake and his wife Kelly of Ottawa, KS; a grandson and nine granddaughters, Travis, Jennifer, Carlyn, Sara, Darrah, Lauren, Taylor, Dana, Brooke and Kinley; two sisters, Betty (Mrs. Paul Abbey) of Witten and, Sybil (Mrs. Lowell Neiman) of Rapid City, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters and brothers: Margaret, Eleanor, Bernice, Johnny, Pauly, and Ralph.

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