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Ellen Smith

April 26, 1952 — December 2, 2022

Altoona, Kansas

Ellen Louise (Collins) Smith, 70 of Altoona, Kansas passed away at Wilson Medical Center in Neodesha on Friday, December 2nd, 2022.

On April 26, 1952, Loren and Peggy (Dickens) Collins welcomed their daughter, Ellen Louise Smith into this world in Neodesha, Kansas. Ellen attended the Altoona Rural High School. On June 25, 1976, Ellen married the love of her life, James Smith in Argonia, Kansas. Ellen retired from Cobalt Boats in 2017 after spending 31 and half years as the purchasing agent. Ellen loved to spend her free time reading romance novels by Debbie Macomber and attending as many garage sales as she could fit into a day. Ellen loved to travel with her family. One trip in particular stood out, the trip to California. On their way to California, the family van had some mechanical difficulties and broke down in Green River, Utah. Being the good sport Ellen was, she rolled with the punches. Needless to say, the family never made it to California, but Ellen made sure and made their time in Green Valley, Utah memorable. This is what Ellen held dearest to her heart, spending time together with her family. Her life revolved around her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She adored the time they spent together and always looked forward to the next. She will be deeply missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Loren and Peggy Collins, her son, Shilo Shawn Smith and daughter, Shylene Nicole Smith.

Ellen’s memory will carry on with her husband, James Smith of Altoona, daughters, Salena Dickerson of Independence, and Tonia (Tim) Raymond of Altoona, brothers, Chuck and Mike Collins, sisters, Eva Shay and Teri Halfmann, 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Ellen’s Life will be held at Verdigris Valley Christian Fellowship, 215 13th St. Altoona, Kansas on Friday, December 9th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made in Ellen’s name to the Verdigris Valley Charitable Health Clinic. To leave the family a special message of condolence, please visit.

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Celebration of Life

Friday, December 9, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Verdigris Valley Christian Fellowship

215 13th St, Altoona, KS 66710

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