Velma Irene Smith, age 95, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away on July 16, 2011, at Community Springs Healthcare. She was born September 19, 1915 in Bourbon, Oregon to Claude Neely and Jessie (Clopton) Neely.
She attended school at Cedar Springs. On February 25, 1935, Velma married Everett Paul “Shorty” Smith in Fort Scott, Kansas and when he passed away, they had been married fifty-two years. To this union three children were born: Everett, Marcelle and Wayne.
Velma was a member of Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Springs, MO. As a God fearing and family loving woman, the most important things in her life were her family and her church. Velma was proud of her children and was heard to say, “I have three kids: a preacher, a teacher and a banker.” Velma was a very talented lady. She enjoyed painting and gardening, but her special talent was poetry. Through the years she wrote many poems, several of which were published.
Preceding her in death were: her parents, her husband, two brothers, and three sisters. She is survived by her three children: Everett Smith of El Dorado Springs, MO; Marcelle Goodwin of White Salmon, WA; and Wayne Smith of South Bend, IN; nine grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Services for Velma Smith will be held on Thursday, July 21, at 10:00 a.m. at the Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Springs, MO. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 20, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Bro. DeWayne Burdette will officiate and interment will follow in Lebeck Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Mike Goodwin, Kevin Smith, William Smith, Aaron Smith, Nathan Wesley, Daulton Wesley, Josh Roudebush, Cade Shay and Tanner Smith.