Edith Katherine Smith Sandercook was born on April 27, 1913, in Butte, Mont., to Frank and Daisy (Bray) Smith. She was raised in Butte, Sheridan and in Big Horn, Mont., where she attended school.
Edith married Clifford Fread in Montana and lived in Kansas for a time. To this union, a son Robert and a daughter Bessie were born. They later divorced. She married Arnold Benson in 1936 in Melstone, Mont., and to this union a daughter Barbara and a son James were born.
The family moved to Hayden, where they divorced. Edith worked as a cook and waitress in various restaurants in the area, and then worked as a cook at Solandt Hospital in Hayden. The family lived in the basement of the hospital.
She married Alfred (Sandy) Sandercook in 1938 and worked as a clerk in the post office where Alfred was postmaster. She retired in the mid 1970s.
Edith enjoyed gardening, cooking, quilting, traveling and playing the slot machines. She was a member of the Hayden Congregational Church and the Rebekah Lodge in Hayden.
Edith died on Nov. 2, 2006, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Craig.
She is survived by daughters -- Bessie (Bill) Hayes, of Craig, and Barbara (Herb) Montieth, of Hayden; son James (Shelley) Benson, of Grand Coulee, Wash.; 19 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren; her sister Laura Moore of Hayden; and brother Elton Smith, of Great Falls, Mont.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents; sister Maxine Norscogg; brother Highland Smith; husband Alfred Sandercook; son Robert Fread; grandson Rob Fread; and great grandson Dwayne Montieth.
Memorial Services were held Dec. 2, 2006, at the Hayden Congregational Church, with Pastor Janet Babish officiating. Interment of her remains followed in the Hayden Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to the Hayden Congregational Church in care of Grant Mortuary.