Rose Smith of Delta died of congestive heart failure April 7, 2016, in Montrose. She was 95.
She was born in Hayes County, Neb., April 14, 1920, to Hugh and Mary Little. She grew up in Hayes County. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, she taught in Hayes County one-room schools for a few years.
In 1942, she married Erwin Smith. They lived in Butte, Mont., and Gunnison before moving to her father's farm in Nebraska. They operated the farm until 1965, then sold it and moved to Delta where they built their home on Garnet Mesa.
Mrs. Smith worked in the office of Mount Sopris Instruments until she retired.
She enjoyed sewing and needlework.
She is survived by her son, Joe (Claranel) Smith of Picacho, Ariz.; her stepdaughter, Bobbie (Robert) Stever of Las Vegas, Nev.; her grandson, Scott Smith of Las Vegas, Nev.; two great-grandsons, Josef and Michael Smith of Des Moines, Iowa; four stepgrandchildren, Lyndall (Dan) Murray of Fairfield, Ohio, Ralph (Deborah) Luben of Lakewood, Larry (Sharlee) Luben of Edgewood, Wash., and Dawn (Cathey Lytle) Luben of Cheney, Wash.; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin; a stepdaughter, Roberta Smith; her daughter, Viola; her sister, Sylvia Altman; and her brother, Dale Little.
Interment was held at Delta City Cemetery.
Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.