|Almeda Mariposa West was born May 14, 1896 to David and Francis "Fannie" Letutia (Dodge) West in |
Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas. She attended the Argentine public school system with her best friend in
the neighborhood, Elva Headburg, graduating in 1914. She was a member of a bridal party when Obadiah West,
her brother, married Miss Elizabeth Taylor in 1914. Posa was involved in many social events including the
Puritan Club, the Boys Club, the Auction Bridge Club, Franklin Teachers Patrons Club and the Covenant Circle.
She met Chester Leo Smith, the son of Isaac and Malvina Jennie (Bridges) Smith and they were married in
Liberty, Clay Missouri on December 11, 1917, with their first residence on the Missouri side at 910 Paseo Blvd,
and then moving to 3212 Bellefontaine in Kansas City, Missouri. Chester was a lawyer in Kansas City starting his
practice with Hogsett and Boyle and then partnering to form Hogsett, Smith, Murray and Trippe in 1932.
Of this marriage two children were born, Chester Leo and Betty Marie.
Almeda Mariposa "Posa" Smith died May 29, 1993 and is buried at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Fayette, Missouri
Chester Leo Smith Jr., died April 06, 2001 and is buried at
Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, California