Hope Ione (Price) Smith
Hope Ione (Price) Smith, 100, of Kokomo, peacefully passed into Heaven at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Bloom of Kokomo. She was born Nov. 16, 1918, in Howard County, the daughter of the late John G. Price and Bessie (Carey) Price from the Western Howard County, (Ervin) Burlington area.
Hope was the longest living graduate of the Ervin Class of 1936. Hope went to work at Reliance Manufacturing from 1937 to 1941. There she met her future husband, William "Bill" A. Smith Jr. They married on March 21, 1941. He preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2008.
Hope became a homemaker and was actively involved in school and church activities. She served as president of the Meridian PTA. She was a member of Southside Christian Church, where she participated in many circles and projects for the church over the years. In 1963, she became an Avon representative. Her territory was in the Washington School area. Hope sold Avon products for almost 20 years. Frequently, she won awards for top salesmanship. She made many lasting friendships through her Avon career.
Hope was a member of a group known as the "Chatter Club." This club began in World War II and met originally twice a month and later once a month. These women played games, shared about family, laughed, and made dear lifelong friendships. Hope enjoyed cooking, baking, playing cards, traveling, camping, and square dancing. She was a very talented seamstress, and well known for her beautiful flower gardens. Most of all she loved her family and spending time with them. She cherished her lifelong friends and all new friendships made along the way.
Hope is survived by one son, Jack (Vicki) Smith; one daughter, Rebecca "Becky" (Ken) Berryman; six grandchildren, Melissa Etherington, Adam (Robbin) Smith, Ryan (Amanda) Berryman, Scott (Jaime) Berryman, Heather (Brian) Henry, and Angela (Josh) Hall; 16 great-grandchildren, Austin, Alex, and Aaron Etherington, Hannah Smith, Jaycee, Rowan, and Briar Hall, Rhett, Avery, and Cal Berryman, Olivia Koztecki, Stone Procaccino, Rylie and Berkley Berryman, Piper and Parker Henry; one nephew, Dan (Helen) Price; one niece, Judy Tebo; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Hope was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Meredith "Bud" Price; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Ora Sharp; one granddaughter, Joanna Wyatt.
The family would like to thank Bloom of Kokomo and staff for their kindness and caring, especially in Hope's last days, and to Elara Care Hospice (formerly Great Lakes Hospice).
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at South Side Christian Church, 201 E. Markland Ave., Kokomo. The Rev. Chuck Babcock will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Garden. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ellers Mortuary, Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., Kokomo; also from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. You may read Hope's obituary at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com, where you may sign the guestbook or share a personal message to the family.
Published on October 9, 2019


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Sandi Ednie
Oct 13, 2019
Becky, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure you have many memories that you will cherish.
Jack Elleman
Oct 09, 2019
How great that you mother made it past her 100th. I have many memories of both Bill and Hope. Well matched and each able to defend their territory. You can be very proud to have parents of such personality and achievements. they have enriched the lives of many others.
Carol smith
Oct 09, 2019
I’m so very sorry for your loss
Oct 08, 2019