Washington - Minnie V. Herrmann Smith, 93, of Washington Christian Village, died at 2:15 p.m. Dec. 16, 2010, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
She was born Feb. 20, 1917, in White Cloud, Kan., to Abraham and Lavina (Christian) Troxell and grew up in Sabetha, Kan. She married John C. Herrmann Nov. 24, 1937, in Seneca, Kan. He died March 30, 1989. She later married Lester Ray Smith on Oct. 25, 1997, in Morton. He died Sept. 15, 2008.
Minnie is survived by four sons, Ed (Myra) Herrmann of East Peoria, Don Herrmann of Pekin, Gary (Nancy) Herrmann and Jim Herrmann, both of Peoria, one daughter, D’Ann (Paul) Rowell of Worth, Ill., one stepson, Ray Lynn (Sandi) Smith of Morton, 14 grandchildren, one step-granddaughter, 24 great-grandchildren, two step-great-granddaughters and two great-great-granddaughters. She is also survived by one sister, Mildred Jones of Frankfort, Kan., one sister-in-law, Alice Herrmann of Sabetha, Kan. and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, five sisters, and two daughters-in-law, Sandy Herrmann and Linda Herrmann.
She was a devoted and loving mother. After she raised her family, she cooked in several restaurants in the Morton and Peoria areas. She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed people. She loved to work crossword and word search puzzles, and enjoyed china painting and painting scenery. She also loved music, especially when Jimmy Binkley played the piano.
Minnie attended Grace Church and later Bethel Lutheran Church, both in Morton.
Services were 10 a.m. Dec. 20, 2010, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, with Paul Rowell, her son-in-law, officiating. Visitation was 1-4 p.m. Dec. 19, and one hour prior to services Monday, both at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Morton Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Washington Christian Village, 1201 Newcastle Road, Washington, IL 61571 or to an organization of the donor’s choice.
To view Minnie's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.