Cudgegong Valley History Project

Rita Henrietta SmedeAge: 8519101995

Rita Henrietta Smede
Given names
Rita Henrietta
Birth 1910 39 27

Birth of a sisterAmelia Jane Smede
1916 (Age 6)

Birth of a sisterWinifred Esme Catherine Smede
1918 (Age 8)

Birth of a brotherRoderick Osborne Samuel Smede
about 1919 (Age 9)

Death of a brotherDerick J Smede
1923 (Age 13)

Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn David Smede
November 21, 1924 (Age 14)

Death of a sisterHilda Isabell Ann Smede
1935 (Age 25)

Death of a maternal grandmotherJane Ann Nipperess
March 18, 1938 (Age 28)

DEATH OF MRS S. PICKETT Mrs S. Pickett, of Autumn Hills, passed away on the 18th inst., and her remains were taken to Mudgee for interment on the 19th inst. Further reference to her life will be made next week (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 24 March 1938, page 11).


DEATH Mrs. J. A. Pickett THE death occurred at her residence, "Autumn Hills," Turill, of Mrs. Jane Ann Pickett at the age of 79 years. Deceased was of a kindly and lovable disposition, and endeared herself to all those who knew her. Married at the age of 19 years, she resided with her husband for many years at Pyangle. She had always been a loving and capable helpmate to her husband, and shared with him the trials and joys of life on the land. Her interest and pleasure were always centred in her home and family, and she was always ready to help others in the time of need. Until her last moments she was considering the comfort of others. Deceased was an earnest church-woman, and her deep, unwavering faith lightened her hours of suffering. She passed peacefully away at 8.15 a.m. on March 18. The remains were interred in the Church of England portion of the cemetery at Mudgee, after a service in the church by the Rev. Canon Walker. A husband and nine daughters are left to mourn a devoted wife and mother. Two sons predeceased her. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 24 March 1938, page 14).


OBITUARY A very sad death occurred on Friday, March 20, when Mrs Mary Jane Pickett passed away at her home, "Autumn Hills," Turill. Deceased had been a resident of Turill for the past 22 years and had earned for herself a very large and loving circle of friends by reason of her pleasing and kindly manner to all. She was 79 years of age, and prior to coming to Turill, had been a highly esteemed resident of the Lue district. Deceased leaves a husband and nine daughters to mourn. To them the sympathy of the district is extended. They include: Mesdames E. Bayliss (Mudgee), C. Cooper (Appletree Flat), A. Byfield (Mudgee), L. Imber (Mudgee), H. Smede (Lowlands), A. Constable (Cassilis), R. Byfield (Cassilis), H. B. Milton (Turill), and Miss Gwen Pickett, (Autumn Hills). (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 31 March 1938, page 15).

Death of a sisterAmelia Jane Smede
1943 (Age 33)

Death of a maternal grandfatherSamuel Pickett
February 19, 1944 (Age 34)

Mr. Samuel Pickett One of the fine old pioneers, in the person of Mr. Samuel Pickett, died in the Mudgee Hospital on Sunday aged 88 years. His wife predeceased him by about six years. For a very lengthy period deceased resided at Turill, where he had a nice little property. He enjoyed excellent health up till a fortnight or so ago and, always active, shore a few of his pet lambs during the shearing period. A fine old type, heenjoyed the friendship of every-one in the district where he lived so long, and his passing will be universally regretted. Among those left to mourn is Mrs. L. Imber (daughter), of Mudgee South. The funeral took place to the Church of Englandportion of the Mudgee cemetery this afternoon, the Rev. A. G. Powell officiating. The arrangements were carried out by Messrs. J. C. Swords and Son. (Mudgee Guardian and North Western Representative, Monday 21 February 1944, p. 3).



The Late Mr. Samuel Pickett

Still another of our grand old citizens passed over the Great Divide when Mr. Samuel Pickett passed away at Mudgee on 20th February. He had reached the ripe old age of 88, and until a few weeks previously had been well and unusually, activefor a man of his years. Before residing at Cassilis he was, for many years, a resident of Pyangle. His long life was marked by industry and usefulness and his home was known to the borders for its ready hospitality; His wife pre-deceased him,also two sons. During his declining years he was lovingly cared for by his youngest daughter, Mrs. C. F. Clarke. He was a dear old father, loved and respected, and after his wife's death he insisted on keeping the home fires burning, and doinghis best for his family. Nine daughters survive, together with a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. To them sincere sympathy is extended. (Mudgee Guardian and North Western Representative, Monday 6 March 1944, p. 6).


Mainly About People The following daughters of the fine old pioneer, Mr. Samuel Pickett, of Autumn Hills (notice of whose death we recently published), are left to mourn, viz., Mrs. Janet Bayless (Bowenfels), Mrs. Alma Smede (Turill), Mrs. Ruth Cooper (Apple treeFlat), Mrs. Hilda Imber Mudgee):, Mrs. Bertha King (Kan-dos), Mrs. Phyllis Byfield (Kurra-jong), Mrs. Daisy Milton (Turill), Mrs. Jemima Constable (Cassilis), and Mrs. Gwendoline Clarke (Sydney). To the bereaved our sincere sympathy isextended. (Mudgee Guardian and North Western Representative, Monday 13 March 1944, p. 2).

Death of a paternal grandmotherCatharine Pickett
June 25, 1948 (Age 38)

DEATHS Mrs. C. Smede The death occurred in the Mudgee Hospital on Friday last of Mrs. Catherine Smede, at the great age of 96 years. Deceased who was one of the oldest identities of the Mudgee district, was a lady of sterling character, and won the love and respect of everyone with whom she came in contact. Like most of the pioneers, she was noted for her great, kindness and charity, and delighted in the performance of good deeds. Her passing will leave a gap in the lives of many people in town and district. To the sorrowing family the deepest sympathy will be extended. The funeral, which was attended by many old friends of the family, took place to the Church of England portion of the general cemetery on Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Canon Powell officiating (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Monday 28 June 1948, page 2).

Death of a fatherHenry John Smede
1952 (Age 42)

Death of a motherAlma Margaret Pickett
September 14, 1962 (Age 52)

Obituary Mrs. Alma Smede, of Lowlands, Turill, aged 79, died in the Daphne Bowman Hospital on Friday morning last. The late Mrs. Smede was born and reared in the district where she spent all her life. Her husband predeceased her by several years. This grand old lady endeared herself to many by reason of her pleasing personality and her kindness to all with whom she cme in contact. She assisted at most sports and other functions over many years and was greatly attached to her church. There was a family of nine, seven daughters and two sons, Misses. Ivy, Rita, Hilda (Mrs. Marskell) deceased, Alma (Mrs. Stan Constable), Millie (Mrs. Alva Nevell) deceased, Winnie (Mrs. Papworth), Mollie (Mrs. Ted Miles) Sydney, Athol and Roddy to whom we extend our sympathy. She was buried on Monday in the St. Columbas Cemetery at 3 pm. The Rev. Winder, of Denman, officiated at the church and graveside. Mudgee Guardian, 20 September 1962, p. 21


Obituary: ALMA MARGARET SMEDE Mrs Alma Margaret Smede, of Lowlands, Turill, passed away in Daphne Bowman Hospital, Cassilis, on Friday, September 14. She was the widow of the late Henry John Smede. She is survived by the following family: Ivy, Rita, Alma, Athol, Winifred, Roderick and Molly. Her funeral will take place from St John's Church of England, Mudgee, on Wednesday, at 2 pm, for interment in the Mudgee Cemetery. Messrs Eastaugh & Carroll have charge of the funeral arrangements. Mudgee Guardian, Monday, 17 September 1962, p. 5

Death of a sisterIvy Neah Smede
April 2, 1980 (Age 70)


Headstone reads: Our aunts Ivy N Died 8.4.1980 Aged 76 years.

Note: Mudgee Guardian gives date of death as 2 April. Headstone has 8 April. 2 April chosen as most likely as date of burial in Mudgee Guardian is given as 3 April.

Obituary Miss Ivy Neah Smede The death occurred in the Mudgee District Hospital on April 2 of Miss Ivy Neah Smede 79, who was a very highly respected lifelong resident of 'Lowlands' Turill. Miss Smede was a member of the old pioneer Smede and Pickett families. She loved country life and had helped to run the family property for many years. Mrs Smede was the eldest of a family of nine and cared for, and nursed her aged parents. She had been like a mother to the youngest members of the family and her nephews and nieces. Miss Smede will be great, and sadly missed. As a young girl, Miss Smede was a good tennis player, enjoyed dancing and horse riding. She was predeceased by her parents Mr and Mrs Harry Smede (nee Pickett) and two sisters, Hilda (Mrs E Marskell) and Milly (Mrs A Nevell). Ms Smede is survived by four sisters, Miss Reta Smede, Alma (Mrs Constable), Winnie (Mrs Papworth), Molly (Mrs Miles) and brother Roddy, also a number of nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces. Following a service in St John's Church of England, Mudgee at 4 pm on April 3 the funeral took place in the Mudgee Cemetery. Mudgee Guardian Tuesday 15 April 1980, p. 2. Obituary Miss Ivy Neah Smede.

Burial of a sisterIvy Neah Smede
April 3, 1980 (Age 70)
Death of a brotherRoderick Osborne Samuel Smede
November 6, 1993 (Age 83)

Death March 17, 1995 (Age 85)


Headstone reads: Our aunts Ivy N Died 8.4.1980 Aged 76 years Rita H Died 17.3.1995 Aged 84 years.

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    1. Rita Henrietta Smede, daughter of Henry John Smede and Alma Margaret Pickett, was born in 1910 and died on March 17, 1995 at the age of 85.


Headstone reads: Our aunts Ivy N Died 8.4.1980 Aged 76 years Rita H Died 17.3.1995 Aged 84 years.