Martha Tober-Smith

Martha Lou Compton Tober-Smith was born Dec. 5, 1937, in Moon, S.D., to Lewis Minor Compton and Evangeline Patterson Compton.  
Martha married John Rockford Tober Sept. 26, 1957, in Loveland, Colo.  
Martha and John had three children, Bill Tober (Waterloo, Neb.), Diana Rhedin (Ames, Neb.), and Ron Tober (Las Vegas, Nev.). Martha married Gary Smith July 10, 2013, in Hill City, S.D., with Pastor Ron Walker officiating.
Martha grew up on the Limestone in South Dakota on a ranch until the age of 18 when she moved to Nebraska. She poured herself into her children, sheltering stray cats and researching early South Dakota settlers’ genealogy and stories that were published in a Wyoming museum. 
Martha peacefully passed away at Monument Health Hospital Rapid City May 28, 2020. She was 83. 
She is preceded in death by her first husband of 50 years, John Tober; parents, Lewis Minor Compton and Evangeline Patterson Compton; brothers, Robert (Edna) and Arnold (Rose) Osborn; sister, Viola Mohr Straw, Charlotte Compton, Kenneth Nissen, Diana Lynn Tober.
Martha is survived by her children, Bill Tober, Diana (Rick) Rhedin and Ron Tober; husband, Gary Smith; siblings, Gussie Nissen of Billings, Mon., Junior Compton of Hill City and Wayne (Betty) Compton of Custer, S.D.; grandchildren,  Jonathan  (Joleen)  Tober, Jessie (Steve) Tober, Brandy (Michael) Reynolds, Samantha (Paul) Franklin and Kristy Rhedin; and great-grandchildren Isabella, Tytus, and Jacob Reynolds, Harold Maca, Chloe, Luke, Mason and Rhett Franklin. 
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 2020, at Chamberlain McColleys Funeral Home in Custer and at 1 p.m., Friday, June 5, at the Little White Church in Hill City.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. June 5 at the Little White Church in Hill City, with Pastor Ron Walker officiating.   Committal services will follow at Hill City Cemetery.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer. Written condolences may be left at

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