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Martha L. Smalling, 87, Kokomo, passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 9, 2017, at Century Villa in Greentown. She was born Sept. 22, 1929, in Howard County to John and Mildred (Swing) Zell. On June 26, 1953, she married Ralph E. Smalling and he survives.
Martha was a 1947 graduate of West Middleton High School and went on to earn her bachelor's degree from Marion College and later a master's degree from Ball State University. She was a homemaker and first grade teacher for Kokomo School Corporation, retiring in 1986 after 35 years of teaching first grade at Wallace, Roosevelt, Bon Air and Taylor. She was a member of Fairlawn United Brethren and Morning Star Church, where she enjoyed making noodles, and a former member of West Middleton Friends Church.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph Smalling; sons, Jeffery L. Smalling, Greeneville, Tennessee, and Charles J. Smalling and wife Geralynn, Kokomo; six grandchildren, Jamie Babock and husband Steven, Jesse Smalling, Charles E. "Chuck" Smalling, Ashley Schroll, Alyssa Toth and husband David, and Kyle Smalling; six great-grandchildren, Sydnye Geil, Austin Babock, Steve Babock, Madisyn Smalling, Collin Smalling and Isbella Smalling; a great-great-grandchild, Khaleesi Geil; brothers, Lester Zell and wife Joyce, Dale Zell and wife Nancy and Philip Zell; brother-in-law, Wayne Pence; and sisters-in-law, Helen Zell and Kay Zell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Pence; and brothers, Donald Zell and George Zell.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, with Pastor Jeff Evans officiating. Burial will follow in New London Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Amazon Outreach with envelopes available at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be submitted at www.stoutandson.com.
Published on September 11, 2017
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