Jay County Obituaries
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Son "Coming Home"
Muncie Woman, Happy Over Army Word, Dies Suddenly
A Muncie woman died of a heart attack yesterday a few hours after making arrangements for the funeral of her war-killed son, and double funeral services for the two will be conducted Friday afternoon. Mrs. Iva O'brien Smith, of
Dies Three Hours Later
Mrs. Smith died about three hours after she had told Earl K. Parson, mortician, that she had known for several weeks that her son's body was being returned to Muncie and that word yesterday morning that the body will arrive here at 3:55 o'clock Wednesday afternoon was the "happiest" news she had ever known.
"No one can know how happy I am, and what a relief it is going to be to me to have my son home," she told Mr. Parson. He said that he talked to Mrs. Smith, who had been under a doctor's care recently for heart trouble, about in the morning.
"At the time of her husband's death in July, 1946, Mrs. Smith had told me that she wanted me to make arrangements for returning her son's body from
Mr. Parson said he found Mrs. Smith raking leaves in her back yard when he called. It was at this point that she expressed her happiness at the word her son's body would arrive tomorrow.
Mr. Parson said he made arrangements for the funeral services with her, and that she then went into the house to telephone the Rev. Evan Bergwall of the High Street Methodist Church to ask him to officiate at the services.
At in the afternoon, Mr. Parson recounted, an unidentified neighbor of Mrs. Smith's called him to say that Mrs. Smith had suffered a heart attack a little while before and died. The doctor had just left the residence, the neighbor said, and told Mr. Parson that Mrs. Smith had always said that if anything happened to her that Mr. Parson and her attorney were to be notified.
Resident Here 35 Years
A native of
Mrs. Smith was a member of High Street Methodist Church.
Her son, Russell L. Jr., was born in
Surviving Mrs. Smith are a sister, Mrs. Ella O'Brien Wells of Dayton, O., and a
brother, Alva O'Brien of
The double funeral services will be conducted at Friday afternoon at the Parson mortuary by the
Rev. Evan Bergwall. Burial will be in
Friends may call on the mortuary after on Thursday