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Emma Jean Green-Smith, 98, died Monday, February 8, 2021, in Wichita, Kansas.
She was born in LaJunta, Colorado on March 9, 1922, the daughter of Eli and Emma (Hall) Noe.
Throughout her childhood and into her adulthood, Emma enjoyed literary readings, singing and her church activities.
On December 1, 1940, Emma married Ervol Lee Green in Andrix, Colorado. Together they had three children, Gene, Jan, and Carol. Emma and Ervol were married for 47 years at the time of Ervol’s passing in October of 1988.
On December 14, 1996, Emma married James W. Smith in Newton, Kansas. He preceded her in death in October of 2008.
Emma enjoyed family gatherings, crocheting, embroidery, quilting, and her beloved computer.
Emma had a feisty and adventurous spirit, enjoying summer vacations camping and fishing in the beautiful Colorado Mountains. When the kids were small, she would play jacks, jump rope, and hopscotch with them. She was always ready for something new, especially if it included travel.
Emma is survived by her son, Gene Green and two daughters, Jan (Dave) Robinson and Carol Green; 10 grandchildren; 21-great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; She is also survived by James’ son, David (Melinda) Smith; and daughters, Bev (Dave) Neufeld, Barbara (Gary) Damron and Karen (Tom) Rorabaugh.
She is preceded in death by her parents Eli and Emma Noe; brothers, James, Simeon, Victor and Floyd; sisters, Laura, Dorothy, Betty and Mary.
Emma will lie in state Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton, Kansas, 67114.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Homestead Health Center and rehab, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.
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