Wash. Widow, 91, Plans Estate Sale So She Can Afford to Bury Husband

PHOTO: Elsie Smith, a 91-year-old widow from Arlington, Wash. is selling all of her belongings so she can pay for the funeral of her late husband.
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A 91-year-old Arlington, Wash., widow is selling all of her belongings so she can afford to bury her late husband.

Elsie Smith told ABCNews.com she is hoping that by selling all of her possessions through an estate sale, she can bury her husband in the same cemetery as their family members in Snohomish, Wash.

Smith said that someday, she wants to be buried there as well.

Smith had been married to her late husband, Joe Smith, for "46 and a half years," she said. The two met through her niece's husband, who was a co-worker of his at the time.

Joe Smith passed away at the age of 88 on Feb. 5. For the past two years, he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, ABC's Seattle affiliate KOMO reported.

"I loved that man more than anything in this whole wide world," she told KOMO.

Smith has a total of $9 to her name, KOMO reported. She said she thinks it will cost "about $3,000 for the funeral."

"I would like to get some help in any way that I possibly can," she said.

Everything is up for grabs in Smith's apartment when the sale takes place, except "her makeup and her clothes," she said. Smith said she will not be selling her husband's clothing either.

Smith said her late husband's niece is helping her with the estate sale, which she thinks will happen sometime next week.

"I'd like to keep everything," she said. "But I have to sell it."

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