Maude Esse Seelinger Smith
June 14, 1887 - December 17, 1981
Maude Esse was born June 14, 1887 at Poplar Heights Farm in Summit Township, Bates County, Missouri. She was the daughter of John and Agnes Seelinger. She was the second daughter and third of five children.
Maude attended Herrell School in Summit Township and Butler High School, Butler, Missouri. After graduation she worked as an accountant at First National Bank in Butler, Missouri and taught school at Swayback School in Kansas.
On November 24, 1910 she married Chester Andrew Arthur (Pop) Sleeth. He was born November 9, 1884, the son of Andrew and Charlotte (Bury) Sleeth. They first lived in Butler where Chester was an agent for American United Insurance Company. He later invested in a lead mining operation in Joplin, Missouri. They moved their home to Joplin. Maude was the office manager for Dr. Martin in Joplin until her retirement. They had no children. Chester died on August 31, 1959 and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri.
Chester was known for his talent with woodworking and being the worst driver anyone ever knew. Maude made the very best donuts and all looked forward to her visits to Butler and getting to help with the cooking.
Maude met J. Hilton Smith, a professor at the University of Oklahoma at Norman. It turned out the J. Hilton and Chester had gone to school together many years earlier. Maude and J. Hilton were married and traveled around the country on J. Hiltonís motorcycle. He died on May 22, 1973 and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri.
Maude moved to Butler, Missouri to be with her family until her death on December 17, 1981. She is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri between her two husbands.