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Reta Mae Dale

Services for Reta Mae Dale, 84, who died Nov. 5, at her home in Lakin, were Monday at Deerfield United Methodist Church in Deerfield.  

Born June 22, 1935, in Tucson, Arizona, the daughter of Arthur Elwood and Eunice (Conatser) Smith, she grew up in Joplin, Missouri. 

 In 1950, she moved with her family to Garden City and attended Garden City schools.  

On June 30, 1961, she married James Lee “Jim” Dale in Walsenburg, Colorado.  They lived in Spanish Peaks, Colorado, and Garden City. They moved to Lakin, Kansas in 1971.  

She worked at Dillons bakery, Wall’s IGA, and Target. 

She served on the Deerfield School Board and the Kansas State Board of Education.

Survivors include three children Joanna Bowles, Hot Springs, Arkansas; Pat Dale, Spring, Texas, and Jeff Dale, Lakin; a sister Janet Mullikin, Colorado Springs, Colorado; a brother Dennis E. Smith, Marion; and nine grandchildren.

Her husband James Lee “Jim” Dale, parents and a grandson preceded her in death.

Memorials have been established with the Finney County Humane Society.

Last modified Nov. 14, 2019