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Obituary: Katherine Smith Spiker, Holton, Kan.

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Katherine (Smith) Spiker, 94, of Holton, KS, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013, at Lexington Park in Topeka. She was born May 30, 1918, in Whiting, KS, the only daughter of Simon and Birdie E.V. (Rhyerd) Smith. She had 10 brothers.

Katherine graduated from Whiting High School in 1932. She and her husband Leonard lived in Los Angeles, CA, and Tulsa, OK, before returning to Kansas and settling in the Whiting area where they lived and farmed until 1967 when they sold the farm and moved to Holton, KS.

She was a homemaker, farmer’s wife and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. After retiring from the farm, she worked for 10 years at Koger's in Holton. She was a member of Faith Circle and Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton.

Katherine married Charles “Leonard” Spiker on September 12, 1941, at First United Methodist Church in Topeka, KS. He preceded her in death on January 26, 1997. She was also preceded in death by eight brothers, Sanford, Junius, Leslie, Pete, Warren, Norman, Eugene and Orin Smith.

Survivors include two daughters, Lenora Ball (Gary) of Holton, KS, and Beverly Law (Gary) of Topeka, KS; a son, Gary Spiker (Candy) of Columbus, IN; two brothers, Harvey Smith and Johnny Smith, both of Horton, KS; nine grandchildren, Terri Johnson (David) of Edmund, OK, Joe Binkley of Topeka, KS, Sean Binkley (DeeDee) of Hiawatha, KS, Scott Binkley (Ginger) of Holton, KS, Melissa Begley (Scott) of Columbus, IN, Brendy Davie (Pat) of Lenexa, KS, Jen Schlaudroff (Dean) of Columbus, IN, Erick Law (Diane) of Overland Park, KS, and Jeff Spiker (Stephanie) of Cincinnati, OH; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be given to Grace Hospice, c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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