Sunday, August 26, 2007

Wyvone (Wyvonne) Elaine Smith

from grandma grace's book
typed page/unknown undated newspaper clipping/both very faded & hard to read

Wyvone Elaine Smith, daughter of Mr and Mrs Frank Smith, was born April 23 1927 near Lamoni and departed this life at Lamoni September 17 1941, at the age of 14 years, 4 months, and 4 days.
She leaves to mourn her departure, her father and mother, two brothers, Junior and Charles; also three half sisters, Mrs Edith Chambers of Jamesport, Missouri, Mrs Vermadean McCullough of Trenton, Missouri, and Mrs Lela Burgess of Independence, Missouri; and two half brothers, Vermal Brown of Trenton, Missouri, and Orval Brown of southern Missouri.
Wyvone passed away very suddenly after having just commenced her studies in Lamoni High School this Fall. She was an ardent student, having attended the Patrick School southwest of Lamoni in Ringgold County through all the grades, where she was loved and admired by both students and teachers. She was especially considerate of the younger students, and was loved by all who knew her. She had eagerly studied and learned Bible texts thus earning a New Testament and other books during the past year in Patrick school.

Autopsy Revealed Acute Dilation of Heart - Services Held Thursday - Burial at Rose Hill
Acute dilation of the heart caused the sudden death of Wyvonne Smith, 14 year old high school freshman, according to the findings of the autopsy performed under the direction of acting coroner Dr Fred A. Bowman by the following physicians, Drs. H.M. Hills, G.P. Reed, and M.W. Rogers.
The autopsy proved that the girl had been suffering from heart disease for some time and a voluntary statement made by her mother, Mrs Maggie Smith, was to the effect that she had complained upon several occasions of a pain in the region of her heart but that she had never had a thorough physical examination.
Wyvonne suffered the fatal heart attack Wednesday evening and died as she was admitted to the office of Dr H.M. Hills. Due to the fact that the young girl died suddenly the investigation and autopsy followed.
Services were held Thursday from the White Funeral Home with classmates serving as pallbearers.

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