Anna Alice Elwood Worden, 100, daughter of Thomas Edgar Smith and Myrtle Wilburn Smith, was born Sept. 22, 1903, at Ashland, Neb. She died Jan. 25, 2004. At age 3, Anna and her 9-month-old brother, Edgar Deforest Smith, were left motherless. Frank and Liza Wilson adopted Anna, while Frank’s brother, A.L. Wilson and his wife, adopted Edgar. She married Kenneth Edward Elwood May 1, 1926. They had six children. The Elwoods raised their children working on their dairy farm at Dow City, Iowa, and at Mason City, Iowa, before moving to Cabool. They divorced in 1948, and she remained at the farm north of Cabool to raise her youngest children, Charles and Susan. She milked and was a cook at the Gravel Point School. She married Hugh Worden Sept. 20, 1956. They continued to live on the farm until Mr. Worden’s death in 1982. Mrs. Worden enjoyed gardening, crocheting, working word search puzzles and reading. She was known to read a book a day. She moved to live with her daughter, Susan Jarrett in 1992 due to failing health. She died 22 hours after her son-in-law. She was baptized in the Methodist church in Rock Falls, Iowa, at a young age. When she moved to Missouri, she attended the Church of the Brethren, where she was active. She was preceded in death by her parents, adoptive parents; brothers, Edgar Deforest Smith Wilson and Arthur Wilson; sister, Eula Wilson, husband, Hugh Worden; son, Edgar Elwood; two grandchildren and a great-grandson. Surviving are four sons, Bob Elwood of Jonesboro, Ark., Dwight Elwood of Lake Butler, Fla., Elvin Elwood of Ozark and Charles Elwood of Mountain Grove; daughter, Susan Jarrett of Cabool; 23 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Joint services with Carl Jarrett were Jan. 28 at the Cabool Christian Church with Roger Schrock officiating. Burial was in the Jarrett Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry Funeral Home of Cabool. Memorials may be made to the Jennifer Jarrett Memorial Scholarship or Jarrett Cemetery Fund at Cabool State Bank. “

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