Pastor’s wife Cheri Smith dies

Cheri Jean Smith of Emporia, Kan., entered into her new home in glory while surrounded by her loved ones Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Newman Regional Health. She was 62.

She was pastor’s wife at Countryside Baptist Church, Americus, Kan.

Cheri was born Nov. 29, 1954, in Valentine, Neb., to Leonard and Pearle (Fischer) Bechtold. She served honorably in the U.S. Army in Secretarial Sciences and as a G2 in Intelligence.

Cheri was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Richard “Rick” Smith of the home; son, Mike (Karla) Smith of Pinedale, Wyo.; daughters, Faith
Anne (Wade) White of Emporia, Kan., and Chrisy (Jonathan) Lewis of Emporia, Kan.; step-daughter, Stayce (Eric) Mayfield of St. Louis, Mo.; eight grandchildren; one step-grandchild; sister, Leota Strong of Ainsworth, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Cheri bequeathed her body to the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Division of Clinical Anatomy for cell research.
’ The memorial service was held Friday afternoon, Oct. 13, at Countryside Baptist Church, Americus, Kan. Al Areheart was the officiating minister.

Interment will take place at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Countryside Baptist Church mission programs. The church’s address is P.O. Box 854, Americus, KS 66835-0524.