Smith, Maida M.


Maida M. Smith, 87, lifelong resident of Winona County, passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Gundersen Health Systems.

She was born on March 23, 1931, in Winona, to Archie and Hazel (Anderson) Milton. Maida graduated from Winona Senior High in 1949. She married Delbert F. Smith on July 23, 1949, in Witoka, at the Witoka Methodist Church. They made their home on the Smith Family Farm in Ridgeway.

Maida was a very talented hand embroiderer and quilter. She loved working in her beautiful flower gardens. She was a very active member of the Ridgeway United Methodist Church. She was extremely proud of her four daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Maida was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delbert; brother, Charles Milton; sisters, Miriam Douglas and Doris Schossow. She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Linda (Marv) Oesau (St Charles), Barbara (Butch) Barton (Eyota), Jean (Allen) Kelly (Houston), Joyce (Lyle) Peterson (St Charles); grandchildren, Angela (Kelly) Burrows, Amy Oesau, Jeffrey (Bobbie Krusmark) Gaedy, Denise (John) Lorenz, Julie (Tim) Barrett, Kimberly (Dan) Wildfeuer, Christopher Barton, Cale (Meaghan Kazak) Barton, Jeremy (Brenda) Kelly, Corey (Kristin) Kelly, Nicholas Kelly, Kate Peterson, Chad (Carissa) Brommerich, Anna (Paul) McKay, Derek Brommerich, Sam (Katherine) Peterson; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Soppa; and many more relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held on Monday, August 27, 2018, from 4-7 p.m. at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona. Her funeral service will be on Tuesday, August 28, at 11 a.m. at Ridgeway Methodist Church with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Bush Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Ridgeway First Responders or Houston Ambulance Service or Ridgway United Methodist Church.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at

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