Emma Arzella Smith, our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, and One Classy Lady, returned peacefully to our Father in Heaven on Christmas morning. What a beautiful day for Mom to pass. She had suffered from cancer for many years, which she never
Emma was born March 17, 1920 in Fairview, Utah to Charles Martin Rigby and Sarah Pritchett. She attended school in Fairview, Utah through the 11th grade. She later married Maurice (Joe) Smith in 1937 at the Manti, Utah courthouse. Emma and Joe lived on his family farm for a short time, moving to Carbon County for Joe to work in the coal mines.
They were blessed with 2 boys and later moved to Orem, Utah where they were blessed with a baby girl. Mom worked for 30 years, 40 hour work weeks, while raising 3 children and her husband. Mom may have not gone to church much, but she taught and instilled by example strong moral values, which her children have been greatly blessed by.
Emma was preceded in death by her husband Maurice (Joe) in 1980. Mom was the last living child in her family of 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Moms 3 children, Barry (Lenis) Smith, Clyde Pete (Shirley) Smith and Lynne Arzella (Steven) Sargent, brought great joy to her along with 10
grandchildren who blessed her with any great grandchildren. Mom loved to sew. She worked in a Barbizon (garment factory) for 30 years. She also sewed for her children, being very proficient in making her daughter, Lynnes clothes. She could quilt, crochet and knit which she taught to us all. We will be forever grateful for that. When we would come to visit, she was always be ready and willing to play all kinds of games with us. She loved to play Canasta, which she
usually always would win, eating peanuts and drinking coke. She loved the outdoors. Her last camping trip was when she was 92 years old, and she loved every minute of it. She loved to see the deer, cows and all the creatures of the woods. Mom lived in Kanab, Utah for her last 11 years. She lived for her family. She will be greatly missed by all of us. Memorial and Graveside services will begin at Sundberg/Olpin Mortuary 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 29, 2014, in Orem, Utah and conclude at East Lawn Memorial Hills, in Provo, Utah. Mosdell Mortuary, of Kanab, Utah, will be handling all of the arrangements.