Martha L. Smalling

Died: Sat., Sep. 9, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 12, 2017
Location: Stout & Son
Russiaville Chapel

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Sep. 13, 2017
Location: Stout & Son
Russiaville Chapel

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Martha L. Smalling, 87, Kokomo, passed away Saturday morning, September 9, 2017 at Century Villa in Greentown. She was born September 22, 1929 in Howard County to John and Mildred (Swing) Zell. On June 26, 1953 she married Ralph E. Smalling and he survives.

Martha was a 1947 graduate of West Middleton High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Marion College and later a master’s degree from Ball State University. She was a homemaker and first grade teacher for Kokomo School Corporation retiring in 1986 after 35 years of teaching first grade at Wallace, Roosevelt, Bon Air, and Taylor.  She was a member of Fairlawn United Brethren and Morning Star Church where she enjoyed making noodles and a former member of West Middleton Friends Church.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Smalling; sons, Jeffery L. Smalling, Greeneville, TN  and Charles J Smalling and wife Geralynn of Kokomo; six grandchildren, Jamie Babock and husband Steven, Jesse Smalling, Charles E. “Chuck” Smalling, Ashley Schroll, Alyssa Toth and husband David, and Kyle Smalling; 6 great-grandchildren, Sydnye Geil, Austin Babock, Steve Babock,  Madisyn Smalling, Collin Smalling, and Isbella Smalling; a great-great-grandchild Khaleesi Geil; brothers, Lester Zell and wife Joyce, Dale Zell and wife Nancy, and Philip Zell; brother-in-law, Wayne Pence; sister-in-laws, Helen Zell and Kay Zell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Mary Pence, and brothers, Donald Zell and George Zell.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street, Russiaville, with Pastor Jeff Evans officiating. Burial will follow in New London Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to Amazon Outreach, PO BOX 873060 Wasilla, AK 99687-3060 with envelopes available at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be submitted at

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Bea Reed
   Posted Sun September 10, 2017
Martha was a true gift from god to all who knew and loved her!. She always knew when she was needed in junior church with the little ones aged 1-4. during the first years of Morning star church when I was responsible for them. ( we averaged 60-80 every week). What a privilege to watch her with the children. Bea Reed :-)

Dave Stout
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
It was a privilege to serve as Martha's chaplain these last few months. What a dear lady! She will be missed at church, our 'auctions', and in the dining room where her, Smoky, and I would cut up.
May our Lord give grace to all who mourn for her +
Dave Stout, Chaplain
Century Villa Healthcare and Rehabilitation

Beverly J. Zell
   Posted Tue September 12, 2017
Thinking of your family at this time. I have lots of memories of Martha in the past. I am sure that she is rejoicing now and without pain and suffering and physical limitations.