Beams Funeral Home

200 W Toledo St Box 5, Fremont, IN


Kay J. Fenner Smith

May 4, 1937August 29, 2017

Kay Smith, age 80, of Fremont, Indiana, passed away at her home, on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

She was born May 4, 1937 at East Gilead, Michigan to Rolland J. and Celia M. (Sanders) Fenner. She grew up in Michigan and Texas. She graduated from Torrance High School in Torrance, California.

Kay married Don L Smith in Fremont, Indiana, on February 14, 1983. Don passed away on January 3, 2020.

Survivors include her children, Robert L. (Terri Sutton) Spidel, Dennis R. (Janice O’Connell) Spidel, and Thomas A. (Patricia Singletary) Spidel, step-children, David W. (Pamela Hohman) Smith, Lori A. (Dennis) DeMille, and Lisa K. (Thomas) Skeer, 21 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Sue Anne Schommer, and brother-in-law, Roger Schommer, and a step-daughter, Diana Kay Smith.

Kay was a school bus driver for the Fremont Community Schools for 31 years, and then subbed for another 4 years. She held many offices in the Pokagon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and served 3 years as Indiana DAR Northern District Director and 3 years as Indiana DAR State Registrar. She was a member of the Descendants of the Mayflower Society, National Society of the New England Women, National Society of Colonial Dames, National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars, and Fremont American Legion Auxiliary # 257. She was Women of the Year for the Herald-Republican and Women of the Year for the Steuben County Republican Women’s Club. She served as Precinct Committee Person for Jamestown, Clear Lake, and Fremont Townships. She also served on the Fremont Township Advisory Board and was a Board Member of the Fremont Public Library during the building of the new library.

Graveside Services will be held at 11 am Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Lakeside Cemetery, Fremont, Indiana. Chaplain Mike Collins and son, Major Mitchell Spidel will officiate the service.

We will be following the CDC social distancing and facial covering guidelines.

There will be a luncheon and gathering immediately following the service from 12 pm until 2 pm at the Fremont American Legion Post.

Memorials in memory of Kay and Don Smith may be directed to the Diana Kay Smith Scholarship Fund in care of the Steuben County Community Foundation


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Gathering

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


Kay J. Fenner Smith

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Patricia K Johnson

September 14, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Kay's passing. She was a member of our Pilgrim Edward Fuller Chapter, NSCDXVIIC. I never had the pleasure of meeting Kay since she was unable to attend our meetings. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family.

September 5, 2017

I am so sorry to hear Kay has passed away. She served Indiana DAR for many years and her devotion to the organization will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this time of sorrow.
Lois Casey Huntington, State Regent
Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution

September 1, 2017

I'm sorry to hear of Kay's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time.
May God Bless,
Jackie Foster Godfrey

Mary Burrell

August 31, 2017

I will miss her very much. May God b with all the family. My condolence

Randy and Kathy Quick

August 31, 2017

So sorry for your lost.

Ron & Leta Sullins

August 31, 2017

Our condolences on the passing of Kay ... thoughts and prayers are with all family members for your loss.

Tom Redding

August 31, 2017

I'm very sorry to hear of Kay's passing. She was a wonderful lady and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in the days ahead.

Mary C Benell

August 31, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. With all my love and prayers.

anita feller

August 31, 2017

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

Chad Emrick

August 31, 2017

What a lady Kay was. I drove school bus with her for a number of years she was always kind, loving and caring and had a story to tell about her family. You were an angel among us. God speed Kay Smith!