PRICE - Myrtle Irene Shaffer Smith passed away Sept. 28, 2008 of natural causes inherent to age.
She was born Dec. 6, 1921 at the family home in Stoystown, Pa., to Harry Earl and Mary E. Maxwell Shaffer. She was the fifth child in the family of 12 children.
Myrtle left home at an early age to find work and help support her family.
For a time, she worked for a wealthy family in Pittsburg, Pa., and learned to cook. By the time she left that position, she had learned many wonderful recipes, which she prepared for her family.
On July 28, 1944, she married her sweet husband, John Franklin Smith Jr. They made their home in Jerome, Pa., where John worked as a machinist and preparation plant foreman.
Myrtle was an excellent homemaker.
In 1957, they moved to Hiawatha, where John worked as preparation plant supervisor and general mine superintendent for U.S. Fuel Company. They made many friends there and enjoyed card parties, square dancing and steak fries.
In 1982, John retired and they built a home in Carbonville, where they lived for the rest of their lives.
Throughout their lives, Myrtle and John enjoyed traveling throughout the country, seeing sites along the way, visiting relatives and spending time with their grandchildren. Shortly before his death in 2004, Myrtle and John celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Myrtle is survived by her sons, John F. (Ina) Smith III; Samuel J. (Sharron) Smith; daughter, Janet I. (Grant) Laws; sisters, Blanche Emert; Annie Eash; Marie Shaffer; brother, Donald Shaffer; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss her greatly. Preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; two brothers and six sisters.
Graveside service Wednesday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.