The Kay County Sheriff’s Department has identified the couple whose bodies were found Friday at Resthaven Cemetery.
They were George Allen Smith, 82, and his wife Kay Susan Smith, 80.
The two signed a letter before their deaths, which indicated they chose to end their lives together.
The following statement from the Smith family provides additional information:
“It is with great sadness yet understanding and acceptance that we acknowledge the death of our parents, George and KaySue. They were always of the mindset that they wanted to leave this world under their own terms and with each other. Recent health events were the catalyst for the taking of their own lives and each did so mindfully and willfully. They were not only wonderful parents but were true friends to many many people. We will miss their love, support, humor and quirkiness.
“We appreciate the professionalism, kindness, caring and dignity the Kay County Sheriff’s Office and Ponca City Police Dept. have shown us and them.”