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Dooley Funeral Home of Payne
Friday October 1st, 2021
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Saint Paul United Methodist Church
Saturday October 2nd, 2021
9:30am - 10:15am

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Saint Paul United Methodist Church
Saturday October 2nd, 2021

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Leah A. Smith

Leah A. Smith, 90, of Payne, passed away Friday, September 24th, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

Leah was born in Latty, Ohio on July 8, 1931, a daughter of the late Naomi (Grubaugh) and Forrest Williamson.

She was devoted to her family and community. Leah was a Home Economics & elementary teacher at Payne, Grover Hill & Oakwood Schools for which she was recently inducted into the Wayne Trace Teachers Hall of Fame. She was a Paulding County Carnegie Library Trustee for 24 years, the director of John Paulding Historical Society, member of the Hesperian Chapter of the Eastern Star, the Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, Payne EMS & Saint Paul United Methodist Church.

Leah will be sadly missed by her children, Marilyn (Roger) Johnson & Terry (Vada) Smith; 4 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 nieces & 3 nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert J. Smith and sisters, Alice Wolford, Lois Williamson & Joan Wallace

Viewing is Friday, Oct. 1st, 4 - 7 pm at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne.

Her funeral service is Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 10:30 am with viewing, 9:30 - 10:15 am at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 312 S Main St, Payne.

She will be laid to rest at Lehman Cemetery.

Memorials are to the Saint Paul UMC or Payne EMS.

Fond memories may be shared at dooleyfuneralhome.com


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A candle was lit in memory of Leah Smith

Dave and Carol Krouse Oct 4 2021 8:20 PM

My heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Smith's family. She was my 4th-grade teacher and I have enjoyed later in life talking with her like a person and just not my teacher. She was a wonderful lady. I feel lucky to have known her.

Michelle Waggoner Sep 30 2021 7:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Leah Smith

Keersten Sep 29 2021 10:50 AM

The sympathy of Queen Joanna M. Harris and all Ladies of the Household of Teti Sheri Temple No. 60 Daughters of the Nile in fort Wayne, IN goes to Leah's family. She was a 43-year member of Daughters of the Nile.

MARGARET A. SMITH, Past Queen Sep 29 2021 9:44 AM

Our sincere sympathy to family and friends of Leah. She and Husband Bob were two prominent pillars of their community. May God comfort their families.

Kathy Koenn Sep 29 2021 9:06 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Leah Smith

DAWN MILLER Sep 26 2021 12:48 PM

My heartfelt sympathy to Leah's family and friends . I loved visiting with her when she came into the Past time Cafe . She was a sweetheart.

Karen Baldwin Sep 25 2021 9:03 PM