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Katie Ruth (Smith) Eller

December 19, 1927 ~ October 5, 2020 (age 92)


Katie Ruth Smith Eller, 92, of Newton passed away peacefully Monday, October 5, 2020 at her residence. Katie was born December 19th, 1927 in Gaston County to the late Andrew Jackson Smith and Ellen Peavy Smith. She was a member of Hickory Pentecostal Holiness Church. 

In addition to her parents, Katie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of sixty-one years A.C. Eller and their dear son Chris Eller. Three sisters and four brothers also preceded her in death.

Katie was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, "Maw-Maw", a sweet Christian lady and a wonderful friend. She will be greatly missed.

In her younger years, she enjoyed crocheting before arthritis in her hands made it impossible. Katie and A.C. enjoyed traveling and took many trips with Christian Tours. She loved flowers, was an avid reader, enjoyed doing word-search puzzles and watching Wheel of Fortune. Her family, including her church family, looked forward to her "Chocolate Éclair Cakes."

Katie loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally (and at times, greatly sacrificed for them.)

Those left to cherish her memory are her two daughters Darlene Pipes and husband, Billy of the Mountain View Community and Diane Holt of Hickory; five grandchildren Daren (Tammy) Blankenship of New York, Melody Laws of Conover, Heather (Tom) Lawson of South Carolina, Justin (Kristin) Eller of Hickory, and Amber Eller of the home, and her caregiver for the last three years; fifteen great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. Katie is also survived by her younger sister Leola Beaty of Cramerton, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A private graveside service will be held at Catawba Memorial Park with the Rev. Joseph Yarborough officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Hickory Pentecostal Holiness Church at 261 21st SE, Hickory NC 28602.

Please sign the online guestbook at The Eller family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.

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