Gladys (Bingham) Smith-Burchfiel


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Gladys Smith-Burchfiel

Gladys (Bingham) Smith-Burchfiel died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Palm Desert, Calif.

She was born Feb. 6, 1917, in Manhattan, to Joseph Roy Bingham and Bertha Anna (Foushee) Bingham.

In 1934, she married Morton Eugene Smith in Olathe. He died in 1981. In 1983, she married Joe Jim Burchfiel in Wichita. He died in 1984. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Smith-West, in 2011.

Mrs. Burchfiel lived in Melvern from 1917 to 1948 and in Garden City from 1948 to 1958. She worked at the Grain Exchange around 1950. In 1958, she moved to Wichita, living there until moving to Palm Desert in 2010.

Survivors include a daughter, Millie Mandenberg and Ross Prough of Bella Vista, Ark.; four sons, Donald Smith and Judy of Burlington, Mass., Earl Smith and Linda of Indio, Calif., Roger Smith and Vicky of Woodbury, Minn., and David Smith and Phyllis of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Resthaven Cemetery in Wichita at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor's favorite charity.


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