June 4, 2009

(8/4/1913 - 5/28/2009)

Mauretta Mildred Smith, 95, of Memphis, Missouri, died Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Missouri.

She was born at her grandparentís home in Memphis, Missouri, on August 4, 1913, to Charles Dewitt and Mabel Martha McWilliams Miller.

Mauretta attended the White Country School. She met her husband, Roy Lee Smith, in high school and was later united in marriage to him in Kansas City, Missouri on September 6, 1934. To this union two children, Charles Lee and Reta Kay, were born.

Mauretta was a homemaker and assisted with feeding livestock on their farm. She was a member of Memphis First Christian Church and active in various activities of the church. She taught Sunday school for many years, was a member of the Loyal Womenís Group and was a Deaconess. She enjoyed cooking and will be remembered for the many lamb cakes she made for children in Memphis. She also enjoyed needlework, watching her children and grandchildren playing basketball and most importantly, her family.

Survivors include her husband of seventy-four years, Roy Lee Smith, of Memphis, Missouri; a son, Charles Lee Smith and his wife, Donna, of Wright City, Missouri; two grandchildren, Nancy Jayne Smith of Columbia, Missouri and David Roy Smith and wife, Missy, of Arbela, Missouri and their mother, Barbara Smith, of Memphis, Missouri. Also surviving are three great-grand children, Bryce David Smith, Austin Lee Dale Smith and Carlee Dawn Smith all of Arbela, Missouri; a sister, Lenna Mae Noel, of St. Louis, Missouri; and a niece, Jill Noel-Machamer, of St. Louis, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Reta Kay Smith, on July 28, 1957.

Visitation was on Monday, June 1, 2009, at the Memphis Funeral Home with the family present. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM at the funeral home with Brother Jack Sumption officiating. Music was provided by Ann Luther, accompanist, and vocalists, Elaine Forrerster, Angela Westhoff and Alisa Kigar.

Burial followed in the Memphis Cemetery. Casket bearers were Lee Roy Garrison, Kenny Monroe, Joel Kapfer, Randy Harrison, Terry Fincher and Warren Miller.

Honorary bearers were Ronnie Baker, Richard Webber, Leon Orton, Bob Carney, Chris Montgomery, Mike Aylward, and Lloyd Erickson.

Memorials may be made to the Memphis First Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the Smith family at mmphisfh@nemr.net

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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