Thursday, June 3, 2021 2:18 PM
Elise R. Smith, 74, of Bluffton, IN, and with ties to Huntington County, IN, died Monday, May 31, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Smith was a 1964 graduate of Warren High School. She started as a Licensed Practical Nurse with Caylor Nickel Clinic in 1968 and had various medical positions until retiring in 2012 from Markle Medical Center. She was a lifelong member of Boehmer Methodist Church in Liberty Center, holding many different positions within the church. She was born Dec. 5, 1946, in Bluffton, to Richard L. and Margaret H. Burkhead Maddock. She married Jon C. Smith on Dec. 27, 1969, in Liberty Center. He survives in Bluffton. Additional survivors include a daughter, Christina L. (Kurt) Byanski, of Anderson; a son, Jon C. (Lisa) Smith, Jr., of Columbia City; a sister Michele (Terry) Stafford, of Warren; and three grandchildren, Logan Smith, of Wentzville, MO, Isabella Byanski, of Anderson, and Layla Smith, of Columbia City. Calling will take place on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home, 308 W. Washington St., Bluffton. Another calling will take place on Saturday, June 5, 2021, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home. A funeral service will follow immediately after. Rev. Barry Humble will officiate. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton. Memorials may be made to The Boehmer Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at thomarich.com.