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Annella Smith

Annella M. Smith, 99, Leo, Ind., formerly of Wolcottville, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at The Cedars in Leo, Ind.

    She was born May 2, 1914, in Monroe, Ind., to James E. and Leona (Essex) Spuller.

    Spending her childhood on her parents’ farm in Allen County, she graduated from Ossian High School in 1932. She was a nanny for the Lowell Newman family in Ft. Wayne, Ind., for four years. After her marriage, she and her husband lived in Ft. Wayne for four years before moving back to her husband’s childhood farm in Woodruff, Ind.  She was a homemaker on the farm and the egg lady to many in LaGrange until 1958, when she started working at Sealed Power in LaGrange. She worked there until her retirement in 1979. She was a member of Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church in rural Wolcottville since 1952 and the United Methodist Women of the Church, a member of Sylvan Chapter #251 O.E.S. of LaGrange since 1944, and a former member of the Johnson Township Homemakers Club, Community Club of Wolcottville and Wolcottville American Legion Auxiliary.

    She was married June 7, 1937 in Winchester, Ind., to Carl Smith, whom she met while vacationing with the Newman family at their farm in Wolcottville. He preceded her in death on February 8, 1972.

    Surviving is one son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Pam Smith, Churubusco, Ind.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Paul Spuller and John Spuller, both of Ft. Wayne, Ind.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Carol Householder, one son, Jerry Lee Smith, one sister, Faye Smith, 2012, and one brother, Richard Spuller.

    Visitation is 10-11 a.m. Friday, May 2, at Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church in Wolcottville. 

    Celebration of life will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, at Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church in Wolcottville with Reverend David Matthews and Reverend Carldean Merrifield officiating. An Eastern Star service will begin the funeral service and will be conducted by the Sylvan Chapter #251 O.E.S.

    Burial will be in Woodruff Cemetery, rural Wolcottville.

    Memorials may be directed to Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church.

    Online condolences may be sent at www.fruripmayfuneral home.com.

    Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.