Lena R. Smith
Lena R. Smith, 92, of Springfield, died at 9:42 pm, Thursday, June 19, 2014 at St. John’s Hospice. She was born October 30, 1921 in Tallula, to Luther and Dollie May Suthard LeMar. She married Thomas E. Smith on April 6, 1940 and he preceded her in death on October 8, 1999.
Survivors include one son, Thomas E. (Susan) Smith of Oak Park, IL; three daughters, Patsy Rader of Riverton, Donna Smith of Springfield and Cynthia Smith (husband: Perry Reeves) of Springfield; four grandchildren, Thomas (Mary Kay) Rader, Michelle Rader, Kyle Taylor and Bradley (Lisa) Smith; five great grandchildren, Jacob, Bryce, Danielle, Chloe and Gabriella; one brother William “Bill” (Virginia) LeMar of Petersburg and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; six sisters, Lucille Clemons, Vera Epperly, Jesse Clemons, Marjorie Yakey, Beulah Alspaugh and Bernice Gum; one brother Glen LeMar and one son-in-law Jack Rader.
Lena was a member of Third Presbyterian Church where she was a part of the Mariners Group and Married Couples Class. She loved spending time with children and helping others.
Lena enjoyed life as a homemaker and raising her children. She worked at Roberts Catering and then worked at Mother Goose Day Care from where she retired.
Visitation: 4-7 pm, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10 am, Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Brent Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Third Presbyterian Church, Animal Protective League or St. John’s Hospice.